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Hernando voting lines subside



SPRING HILL -- In this voter-dense exurb, residents arrived at polling places early trying to beat the rush. At Grace Presbyterian Church on Spring Hill Drive, poll workers said voters began lining up at 5:50 a.m.

Down the road at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, more than 200 people were waiting at the double precinct location when doors opened at 7 a.m. But once the line began flowing, it moved quickly.

Jennifer Jordan,34, of Spring Hill arrived at the St. Joan of Arc polling location with her small daughter Emily in tow. She was eager to make history, by casting her ballot for John McCain and Sarah Palin. "It will open up a lot of doors for her, that's for sure," she said, referring to her daughter. Jordan said she had watched on television as people waited for early voting across the country and anticipated a long line. "I'd really expected a longer wait, but it only took 15 minutes," she said.

Lines at other precincts are dwindling and wait times are ranging from 15 minutes to none.

So far only one report of problems: At the Grace Presbyterian Church, county elections officials replaced one malfunctioning machine.

John Frank, Austin Bogues and Lance Rothstein, Times staff writers


[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:39am]


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