I almost forgot there was an election today, but not Howard Srebnick:
Few problems were reported throughout the day at precincts, according to the county’s elections department.
But on Miami Beach, a number of voters were angry that several polling places had been moved.
Elections spokeswoman Christina White said the department notifies all voters via postcard when their precincts are relocated, and that advertisements are placed in newspapers.
But Howard Srebnick, a Miami Beach resident and prominent criminal defense lawyer, said the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, the city’s largest polling site, was shut down “without notice.”
“This is a scandal,” Srebnick said, noting that a number of voters who usually cast ballots at 2000 Convention Center Dr. are elderly and without transportation.
A sign at the Botanical Garden polling station redirects voters of precincts 30 and 34 to another polling site, St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 621 Alton Road – 15 blocks south. White said the elections department stationed a worker at the site to notify voters of the change.
Elections Spokeswoman Christina White said the precincts were moved because of a scheduling conflict, which the county learned about on Feb. 10.
“The site was unavailable,” she said. “It wasn’t our doing.”
Laura Jamieson, executive director of the Garden, said she notified the elections department as soon as she learned of the conflict with the recall election date.
“It’s valuable corporate business to us and it’s been booked for a full year,” she said.