Florida election officials said Tuesday that Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump‘s name was not left off ballots in a town in South Florida, despite a small number of voter complaints.
Florida is a closed-primary state, which means only registered Republicans would get a ballot listing Trump and the other GOP candidates.
Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher said that independent voters can’t vote in the primary. Bucher said Tuesday that some residents in Jupiter, Florida who were voting in municipal elections complained when they didn’t see Trump’s name on the ballot. Bucher said none of the other presidential candidates were listed on those ballots either.
“A lot of complaints from people saying my name is not on the ballot in various places in Florida,” Trump wrote on Twitter Tuesday. “Hope this is false.”
Florida was the biggest prize among the five states holding presidential primaries Tuesday, where Donald was counting on a win in Marco Rubio‘s home state. The Sunshine State, which was ridiculed worldwide after election problems during the 2000 presidential recount, will award 99 winner-take-all Republican delegates and 214 Democratic delegates distributed proportionally.
Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner said he had spoken with the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections office and stressed that “all eligible voters are able to vote.”
Detzner said anyone registered as “no party affiliation” is not able to vote for a Republican or Democratic candidate in the primary.
Voters must register with a party affiliation 29 days before the primary and could not change after the Feb. 16 deadline.
Republished with permission of the Associated Press.