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Early Bird Ballots

August 11th, 2008 by flanews

Floridians have already began casting ballots in the August 26th Primary. Early voting began today. Elections supervisors statewide opened sites for early birds to vote. Voting will continue at select sites through August 23rd. Absentee ballots are also being collected. John Hedrick made up his mind early and couldnt wait until the 26th to vote.

More people may choose to do this because they can just get their ballot, and get in and out and not wait a long time and or get an absentee ballot, which will allow them to do it from the means of their own home, said Hedrick.

Florida Secretary of State Spokeswoman Jennifer Davis said opening the polls up early helps thin out the crowds on Election Day.

Its more convenient. It helps with the supervisor to regulate the traffic, between Election Day and early voting, so it helps with managing the traffic and flow, and its easier for voters. They can pick the location and vote within any of their voting locations within their county, said Davis.

Starting this year state law requires all voting precincts to use optical scan machines, although even in a close election, the law does not permit all of the ballots to be counted manually.

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