Donald Trump may soon have another round of primary election victories under his belt despite technical glitches, delays and his name not being on the ballot at some polling stations in Florida.
Voters in the Orlando suburb of Apopka were turned away Tuesday morning because polling locations ran of out Republican ballots. Fox Business producer Jennifer Eckhart reported Trump’s name did not even appear on some ballots in the town of Jupiter in Palm Beach County.
“Hearing reports from friends in my home state of Florida that @realDonaldTrump is left OFF of voting ballots at various polling stations,” tweeted Eckhart.
Florida’s WTVJ-6 said voters in Apopka were allowed use ADA ExpressVote machine, which is normally reserved for voters with disabilities. Election officials told the NBC affiliate that extra ballots were immediately printed and sent to the appropriate polling stations.
“We expect little hiccups along the way, but the nice part is that we have backup plans at every polling place to handle situations,” Orange County Supervisor of Elections Bill Cowles told the station.
Backup plans are more important than ever for this election, as enthusiasm among Republican primary voters is at record highs. Pew Research Center reported March 8 that Republican turnout has been 17.3 percent of eligible voters though the first 12 primaries of 2016 – the highest of any year since at least 1980. Those energized voters are taking to the polls in droves on Tuesday in Illinois, Florida, Missouri, North Carolina, Northern Mariana Islands, and Ohio.
Florida’s primary has 99 delegates up for grabs in its winner-take-all contest. Trump has 460 of the 1,237 delegates needed to win the nomination outright, and the latest polls foretell a strong showing after all the votes are counted Tuesday.
A Quinnipiac University poll released Monday showed Trump dominating his Republican opponents in Florida. He tops home-state Sen. Marco Rubio 46 percent to 22 percent. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz comes in a third-place at 14 percent.
Quinnipiac questioned 615 Florida likely Republican primary voters from March 8 through March 13 before tabulating its results. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.