Lines as polls open
Voters wait for precinct 705 in Tarpon Springs to open early Tuesday morning. The precinct votes in the fellowship hall at the First Baptist Church. (Times photo by Jim Damaske)
Long lines formed at polling places across the Tampa Bay area as Election Day dawned.
From Treasure Island, where more than 30 people were in line a half-hour before the 7 a.m. start, to Northdale, where about 150 people waited patiently at one polling place, voters got a jump on this historic day.
In Clearwater, about 60 people were in line when the polls opened at the Bay Aristocrat Mobile Home Park, 18675 U.S. 19. Poll workers said early-bird voters are normal every election and the number in line this morning appeared to be normal.
Long lines are expected for much of the day in what could be a historic voter turnout for the presidential election.
Ellen Palm said she awoke at 4:30 a.m. to vote in Northdale, a suburb in Hillsborough County. "I wanted to beat the rush so I didn't have to wait in line for three or four hours,'' she said.
Times staff writers