Broward elections chief says 2 city primaries go smoothly©Associated Press
February 12, 2003
FORT LAUDERDALE -- Broward's embattled elections chief declared Tuesday's primaries in two cities a success, saying the cities' willingness to work with her office led to smooth elections.
It was unclear whether Miriam Oliphant's message would resonate with officials in more than a dozen other cities, many of whom have voiced concerns over working with her in next month's municipal elections.
"We're hoping that this is a success and that people will see you get success when you work together," Oliphant said during visits to polling stations in Fort Lauderdale and Dania Beach.
Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jim Naugle said he hadn't heard of serious problems in Tuesday's voting, but was going to wait to gauge the success of the election.
"I was pleased with the level of staffing, and the city supplemented a lot of technical people," he said.
Oliphant said all polling stations opened on time.
Many city clerks charged with coordinating elections with the county's elections office have expressed dismay when Oliphant told them it would cost them about twice as much as in previous years to run their city elections.
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