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Precinct Clerks Fired, Volunteers Dismissed After Scuffle at Broward Polling Site

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    Two clerks from precincts in Pompano Beach were fired after a dispute that was the first issue in South Florida during Election Day. (Published Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016)

    Two clerks from precincts in Pompano Beach were fired after a dispute that was a rare issue at polls in South Florida. 

    Deputies were called to the Herb Skolknick Community Center after complaints of possible voter intimidation from the Democratic and Republican poll watchers at one precinct. That led to a dispute between the clerks from precincts 23 and 24 - one a Democrat, the other a Republican.

    Supervisor of Elections Dr. Brenda Snipes was notified and she fired both, ordering them to leave the property immediately.

    David Booth, the Republican clerk of Precinct 23, tells NBC 6 he was one of the two clerks fired and told to leave the property. Replacement clerks were brought in.

    "They brought in replacements for myself and the other woman who was the clerk at CO-23 and we were told to leave the premises," Booth told NBC 6. "It doesn't look good, it really doesn't look good, it looks like they're trying to do something dishonest."

    Two poll watchers were also removed, according to a spokesperson for the supervisor of elections. 

    According to Booth, there were allegations poll watchers were overstepping their boundaries inside the polling location and involved in voter intimidation.

    Broward sheriff deputies told NBC 6 they showed up upon request to keep the peace and investigate the situation.

    Voting has continued without interruption.

    With nearly half of the state having already voted in the last two weeks, no other major issues were reported from polling locations across Miami-Dade, Broward or Monroe counties. Officials expect moderate or light turnout on Tuesday after the large amount of early voters

    Over 500 precincts are open in Broward County, while just under 600 are open in Miami-Dade. If you do have a issue at the polls, contact the NBC 6 Investigators with your problem.