1. Exterior of elections department

2. Wide pan of tabulation room where absentee ballots are being counted.

3. Workers prepping ballots for scan

4. Closeup of ballot being flattened so it can be inserted in scanner.

5. Medium of ballot being inserted into scanner

6. Close-up of ballot

7. Wide of Miami-Dade Canvassing Board, which must review absentee ballots for problems like signature mismatches.

8. Medium of canvassing board

9. SOUNDBITE: Carolina Lopez, spokeswoman, Miami-Dade Elections Department:

"The elections department had received over 20,000 absentee ballots. As a result, our office overnight continued to process these ballots. I can tell you that we are set to finish sometime this afternoon.

10. SOUNDBITE: Carolina Lopez, spokeswoman, Miami-Dade Elections Department:

"We in fact got more equipment than we had in previous elections. We deployed more equipment than before. So, it's certainly not an issue of equipment or personnel available to us."


Miami-Dade elections officials say 20,000 absentee ballots are the reason the state's most populous county hasn't been able to post full numbers. Absentee ballots require special review before they can be counted under state law, as signatures must be checked against official records. Officials defended the department from complaints of long lines at polling places, saying the department deployed more equipment and staff than in previous elections.