What Happens To The Election If We Get A Storm?

Aug 25, 2016

People are looking a bit nervously at Invest 99L, the tropical disturbance heading up through the Bahamas.

Current projections have the storm making its way to South Florida by early next week, which, if you are a good citizen, should maybe strike a bell: Tuesday is election day.

So what happens to elections day if it also happens to be hurricane day?

Only the state has the authority to move or adjust voting times in light of things like weather or any other kind of interference.

Secretary of State Ken Detzner issued a statement Thursday saying it’s too early to know if voters on Tuesday might be impacted by any storm.

Miami-Dade County Elections says it has backups to the backups including a paper-based check-in system and generators.

Obviously in a day or two, 99L might be nothing, and the state is constantly monitoring the weather and staying in contact with local elections officials and emergency management services.

But everyone from the state down to the county elections departments is encouraging people to vote early just in case.

Early voting ends Saturday in Monroe County and run through Sunday in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.