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Miami-Dade elections closes, reopens doors

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MIAMI (AP) - The elections office in Miami-Dade County has reopened after shutting its doors to voters who waited in long lines for an absentee ballot.

Deputy Supervisor Christina White says election officials were overwhelmed by the size of the crowd Sunday. With limited staff and one printer, election officials decided to shut down the main office. Voters banged on the front doors and demanded to vote, prompting staff to reopen the office about an hour later.

White says "we heard them loud and clear."

Diana Camacho chanted with the crowd, "we want to vote," as the building was reopened.

The county was accepting absentee ballots for four hours on Sunday at its main office. Broward County is allowing voters who made an appointment to pick up absentee ballots on Sunday.

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