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Voters in the Dark

August 26th, 2008 by flanews

Voting across the state went mostly without incident Tuesday. Three polling sites opened late because of power outages. Others had electrical problems after polls opened. As Whitney Ray tells us, flooding from Tropical Storm Fay kept some people from getting to the polls and others had to vote in the dark once they got there.

Hear it Here: Voters in the Dark

These voters are in the dark, literally. A tree weakened by Tropical Storm Fay fell on an electrical line, knocking out power at the polling site. But voting continued with emergency battery power.

They accommodated those of us who dont see very well, said Tallahassee resident Dot Carroll.

Ninety two year old Nathaniel Lofton didnt let a pesky power outage keep him from the polls. Fay damage didnt stop him either.

I just get out and vote. Ive been doing it ever since Ive been big enough, said Lofton.

Still, some who wanted to vote couldnt leave their homes. Flooding in a Tallahassee neighborhood kept people from getting to the polls, but if they called their elections office and requested an absentee ballot they were still able to vote.

Tuesdays Primary was the furthest thing from Ronnie Mackeys mind when Fay swept over his neighborhood, dumping buckets of rain and flooding the area.

Weve pretty much been trapped, said Mackey.

Ronnie plans to get his neighbors boat or hike through the woods, whatever it takes, he says, to have his vote counted. Election officials in some counties delivered absentee ballots to people who lived in hardest hit areas and requested a ballot before noon.

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