BY BUDDY NEVINS
I dropped by early voting at the Plantation Regional Library on Saturday and was pretty much alone.
There was nobody in the voting center. Nobody.
That’s been the pattern across Broward so far.
Only 2,918 voted in the first two days of early voting. That’s a minuscule amount of the 1.1 million registered voters, or even the 100,000 or so who are expected to vote in this election.
But this may be offset by the absentee ballots. More than 26,000 ABs have been returned to the Supervisor of Elections Office to date.
If this trend continues, between 30 and 40 percent of the voters in the primary will cast ballots before Election Day.
Since going to the polls appears to be the least popular of the two methods of early voting, I wonder why campaigns spend so much effort on it. Why put poll workers at every early voting location?
I believe the early voters are the most knowledgeable of the voters. Thus, they are least likely to make up their minds at the polling place.
Many consultants won’t tell the candidates that fact. Paying for poll workers is another way consultants use to milk the candidate.
Paying for poll workers? Yes, the dirty little secret is that some of the workers are paid and not volunteers or supporters of the candidate.
And, of course, some consultants find a way to get a piece of that money.