Jennifer Eckhart of Fox News said via Twitter on Tuesday that “up to 15 people have called me to complain that Trump is left off their voting ballot.”
One follower then asked Eckhart what they did about it.
“Returned ballot said they were given the ‘wrong one’..called local Fox affiliate – they’ve received dozens of complaints,” she said.
— Jennifer Eckhart (@JenniferEckhart) March 15, 2016
Several hours later, she had another update: “New reports of registered Republicans in Jupiter in Palm Beach County being given Independent ballots causing even more voter confusion.”
A spokeswoman for the Florida Department of State soon issued a statement to Fox News, saying the department has not received an official complaint from Donald Trump about the allegations of being left off some ballots.
Just in: Statement from officials in Florida on allegations of Trump not on some ballots: pic.twitter.com/nkySWMIlid
— Shepard Smith (@ShepNewsTeam) March 15, 2016
But just prior to that, Trump took to Twitter to say he’d been hearing the reports. “A lot of complaints from people saying my name is not on the ballot in various places in Florida? Hope this is false,” he said.
Eckhart noted for the people questioning the lack of concrete evidence that it’s illegal to share pictures of your marked ballot in Florida. A sample ballot circulating online does show Trump left off, although marked ballots shared by several social media users show Trump on the ballot.
A lot of complaints from people saying my name is not on the ballot in various places in Florida? Hope this is false.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 15, 2016
More confusion was reported on the crucial primary voting day when voters in Orange County informed News 6 that they were turned away Tuesday morning because their polling places ran out of Republican ballots.
Residents voting at Errol Estate in Apopka said the ballots were unavailable for about an hour before more arrived.
Elections officials confirmed the problem, but said more ballots had been printed and delivered to the voting locations. The officials also said technical issues plagued several Orange County polling locations, forcing officials to use backup paper registries.
The confusion in Florida came amid some similar reports in Ohio, primarily several that noted voters were confused by the fact they had to mark who they were voting for twice–or their votes don’t count.