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Florida may have turnout of 9 million ballots cast

6:39 PM, Nov 6, 2012   |    comments
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner says more than 6,000 polling places around the state opened on time this morning and reported few problems.

Detzner says his office will be talking with elections supervisors throughout the day to monitor voting.

"We have people here in this State Department that have assigned specific counties. They call on a regular basis for updates. They started calling this morning at 7 to determine, 'Are your voting places open? Do you have any problems? Are there are issues that we can help you with.' So the entire state of Florida is covered by contact calls from the Division of Elections here in Tallahassee."

About 4.5 million Floridians already cast ballots in early voting or with absentee ballots. Detzner says that kind of strong turnout in early voting indicates Florida may post a record turnout in this election of around 9 million ballots cast.

Florida has about 12 million registered voters.

One of those voters was really motivated to cast her ballot. Detzner says a woman fell and broke her leg on the way into a polling place, but still managed to vote.

"There was a report in Escambia County of a woman who had fallen in the parking lot and apparently broke her leg in the parking lot and was carried into the polling place by her husband so she could vote and then transported to the hospital. So we're grateful for her interest and passion to vote."

The polls will remain open until 7 p.m. Detzner says anyone in line at that time will be allowed to vote.

He was asked if long lines for early voting last week might discourage voters from casting ballots on Election Day.

"I'm not really discouraged. We go from 300 early voting sites to over 6,000 and so as in 2008 where there were some long lines during early voting, on Election Day it went very, very smoothly."

The Florida Division of Elections will provide the latest election results online at enight.elections.myflorida.com.

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