Florida: Threat of storm has elections officials urging early voting | Palm Beach Post

Palm Beach County elections officials and political candidates Wednesday urged voters to vote early or submit mail-in ballots this week because of the threat of a tropical storm or hurricane affecting South Florida on Election Day. As of a 2 p.m. National Hurricane Center tropical weather outlook, a tropical wave, which would be named Hermine if it gains tropical storm strength, was southeast of Puerto Rico and was given a 80 percent chance of development by Saturday. The hurricane center has said it could affect South Florida between late Saturday and Monday as anything from a tropical disturbance to a hurricane. That would suggest it would be gone by Election Day, and unless it’s caused damage or flooding or knocked out power, Election Day could go on as scheduled, Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher said Wednesday afternoon. She said polling machines already have been deployed to the 461 polling locations for the county’s 868 precincts.

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