Local activists demonstrated outside both the mail facility and at the Miami-Dade County Elections Department to try to bring attention to the ballots being at the mail distribution center. Two sources who spoke with New Times said hundreds of ballots could still be inside.
Suzy Trutie, a spokesperson for the Elections Department, told The New Times that her office was aware of the ballots but confirmed nothing else about them. She said that, per state law, any ballots not delivered to the Miami-Dade Elections Department by 7 p.m. on Election Day could not be counted toward the 2018 total.
Were these just ballots that were mailed in late?
“We do our best to educate voters that, if you’re voting vote-by-mail, then your ballot had to be at the Elections Department by Tuesday, November 6,” she said. “Not everybody mailed back in time.”
Asked whether the ballots had been sitting inside the Opa-locka center undelivered on Election Day, or when the place was evacuated, Trutie referred questions to the United States Postal Service. (After this story was initially published, Trutie added that the Elections Department ran daily post-office pick-ups this election season, and picked up ballots three different times on Election Day.)