Dozens of Trump Supporters Complain After Spotting SERIOUS Errors on Florida Ballots
As voters in five states go to the polls today to cast ballots in primary elections that may well determine the nominee for the president, complaints originating in Jupiter, Florida indicating that Republican candidate Donald Trump’s name was not on the ballot began circulating on news and social media.
“A lot of complaints from people saying my name is not on the ballot in various places in Florida,” Trump tweeted on Tuesday. “Hope this is false.”
Among the five state primaries, Florida is arguably the most significant with all of its 99 delegates at stake in the “winner-take-all” contest at a moment when Sen. Marco Rubio is fighting for his political life in his home state, the fourth-place candidate in what has become a four-man race.
The Super Tuesday 2.0 votes also come at a time when the Republican National Committee is seen as attempting to force a contested or brokered convention in July with a “Stop Trump” campaign that saw the party’s 2012 candidate, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, deliver a blistering attack on Trump and urging voters to vote for rivals Gov. John Kasich (Ohio) and Sen. Marco Rubio (FL) to block Trump rather than as a measure of support for their favored candidate.
@realDonaldTrump New reports of registered Republicans in Jupiter County being given Independent ballots causing even more voter confusion
— Jennifer Eckhart (@JenniferEckhart) March 15, 2016
Florida state election officials, however, were quick to provide clarification for the apparent omission of Trump’s name on the ballot explaining that because Florida is a “closed” primary, only those voters who are registered with a party affiliation are allowed to vote for that party’s candidates.
Voters must register with a party affiliation 29 days before the primary, February 16, and were not allowed to change affiliation after that date.
Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner said voters registered with no party affiliation are not able to vote in the Republican or Democratic primaries.
Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher explained that the confusion occurred when some residents in Jupiter had arrived at the polling place to vote in municipal elections and were upset when they did not see Trump’s name on the ballot.
Bucher pointed out that none of the other presidential candidates were on the ballots, either.
The news may bode well for Trump as an indication of interest in front runner from crossover voters – either Democrats or Independents – who were trying to cast a ballot for him in the important race.