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Polls opened here in Florida at 7:00 AM this morning. After dropping my son off at school, I headed over to my polling place at a church just down the block from my house.

In the five years I've been living in here in Tallahassee, I've been voting in the same location, and I've never experienced a line. Part of the credit for this goes to the excellent Supervisor of Elections (and some time movie star) here in Leon County, Ion Sancho. I'm also fortunate to live in a relatively suburban area, with an abundance of polling places.

This morning wasn't much different. I arrived at my polling place at about 7:30 to find it busy, but not overcrowded. There seemed to be more poll workers than there have been in previous years, perhaps in anticipation of a larger turn-out. The only delay I experienced was waiting to place my ballot in the optical scan machine, after filling it out in the voting booth. There were eight or ten people in front of me, and I got through the line in less than five minutes.

There were a handful of partisans waiving signs outside of my polling place and the one directly across the street, but none were representing either Presidential candidate. The race that seemed to be drawing the most enthusiasm on both sides was the contest for Florida's 9th House District, between former FSU football player Peter Boulware (R) and Tallahassee Community College professor Michelle Rehwinkle Vasilinda (D).

Now the waiting begins! Florida's 27 electoral votes are sure to be hotly contested today, with Real Clear Politics giving Obama a scant 1.8 point margin in its final polling, and Pollster setting the margin at 1.7. Only Missouri, North Carolina and Indiana appear closer at this point. Florida is certainly accustomed to drawing national attention on election day, and today should be no different. We'll see how things develop, and I'll check out a few polling places around town to see how voting is progressing throughout the day.

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dixiedolphin wrote:
Nov. 4th, 2008 02:58 pm (UTC)
Things were smooth and easy when I voted this morning in Orlando. I was in and out in under 30 minutes.

However, a coworker who voted in Tampa said there were problems at her polling place. Apparently the scanner machine was having trouble.. and the poll workers mixed all the un-scanned votes in with the scanned ones. She called the supervisor of elections to report it. Hopefully it gets straightened out!
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