South Florida Voters Head to the Polls for Election Day
South Florida voters headed to the polls Tuesday morning for election day with several local and state races on the ballots. Polls opened at 7 a.m. and will remain open until 7 p.m. in both Broward and Miami-Dade, and voters are advised to bring a photo ID with signature to their precinct.
Perhaps the most important contest will take place in Miami-Dade, where Mayor Carlos Gimenez is seeking his first full term. Gimenez, who was elected last year to fill in for ousted mayor Carlos Alvarez, will go up against six challengers, including County Commission Chairman Joe Martinez. In addition to the mayoral race, there are commissioner races in six districts, one school board race and a property appraiser race. In Broward, voters will be making choices for sheriff and clerk of the circuit court. There are commissioner races in four districts and a handful of school board seats up for grabs. The congressional primary for district 24 will pit Democrats Frederica Wilson against Rudy Moise, while Democrats Lois Frankel and Kristin Jacobs will face off in district 22. Five Republicans are vying for the district 23 primary, while four Democrats will be trying to win the district 26 primary. Seven districts are also at stake in the state house primaries. In the state senate primary, Republicans Connie Mack IV will go up against Dave Weldon and Mike McCalister for a chance to battle Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson in November. Mack is a heavy favorite in the race. According to the Miami-Dade County Elections Department, 38,654 voters cast their ballot by the close of early voting, with more than 85,000 absentee ballots returned. NBC Miami