It’s Election Day in Florida. On the ballot are Presidential Candidates for both parties and a Property Tax Amendment aimed at helping homeowners.
Polls close at 7 p.m. tonight.
Lines at many polling places were short when Florida’s presidential primary voting began Tuesday, but the number of voters was expected to be among the highest in recent years.
If early voting and absentee interest is a gauge, Floridians are extremely interested in the election.
More than a million voters – about one in ten of those registered in the state – have already cast a ballot, either through the early voting that began Jan. 14 or in absentee ballots
returned by mail.
Weather around the state was clear Tuesday, further boosting expectations of a high turnout.
Secretary of State Kurt Browning says everything is going well with voting with the exception of one incident in Palm Beach County.
Voting was delayed at a precinct in Delray Beach because of a “human error” that deprogrammed the voting machines. New equipment had to be brought in and the closed machines were being reprogrammed and expected to be operational by midmorning.
The expected high voter turnout comes despite the Democratic primary being essentially a straw poll. The national party punished Florida for moving its primary earlier, stripping all its delegates in the nominating process.
But the earlier January primary – the 2004 primary was in early March – may also be fueling heavy interest, experts said. Neither party’s contest has a clear faraway front runner, which keeps voters engaged.
About 435,000 Democrats had voted early going into Tuesday – a huge increase from March of 2004 when only 97,000 Democrats participated in early voting.
About 500,000 Republicans voted early.