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Day 1 of early voting in Pasco a hit except for long lines



Early_voting_001_2 UPDATE: By 3 p.m., 3,250 people had voted early. In 2004, a total of 1,473 people turned out on the first day of early voting. "Turnout has been fantastic," Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley said.

The first day of early voting in Pasco County has produced a turnout beyond election officials' expectations  and similar surprise among voters. Some people are waiting an hour in line to vote today.

The heaviest turnout has hit the elections office at the West Pasco Government Center in New Port Richey. The line is running 75 to 100 people deep, snaking out the office, through the hall and outdoors. Turnout, though less intense, is above expectations at the six other locations in Pasco, elections supervisor Brian Corley said.

Voters said they were weathering the long wait because they are excited by the presidential race, and the poor economy has added urgency. But many thought they were going to avoid a long wait to vote on Nov. 4.

"I never expected to have such a large turnout for the first day," said Helen Kavafes, 80, of New Port Richey. "I guess that's wonderful."

David DeCamp, Times staff writer


[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:37am]


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