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Long lines but mostly smooth sailing in Pasco



WESLEY CHAPEL -- The polls opened at 7 a.m. but the lines were formed more than an hour earlier.

"Some of us have been here since about 10 til 6," said nurse Nancy Angard, 56 who was No. 3 of the 51 or so standing outside the Meadow Pointe II clubhouse at 30051 County Line Road.

"Try 5:30," one-upped Elaine Evan, 62, who stood next to her.

Like most voters interviewed Tuesday, both women said they were drawn about by the presidential contest.

"But every position is important," said Evan, who said she showed up early to avoid getting tied up in a long line later in the day.

The two folks at the front of the line made no secret who they showed up for.

"Obama 08," read the aqua tank top worn by Alice Enkbabian, 57, of Wesley Chapel. Her husband, Mike Cottmeyer, didn't wear his feelings on a shirt, but they were on his sleeve nonetheless.

"We've got a good-looking, candidate who's running for president who means well," said Cottmeyer, who gave his age as "older than dirt."

At polling places across central Pasco, lines were long as commuters tried to get voting crossed off their "to do" list before work. However, most moved quickly. Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley reported a glitch with electronic sign-in devices at five precincts, but workers were using the old paper sign-in sheets as backup until technicians arrived.

"Fortunately, we have a Plan B," he said.

At Myrtle Lake Baptist Church at 2017 Riegler Road in Land O'Lakes, the wait was made more tolerable with free Dunkin' Donuts and coffee, donated by the congregation.

On the sanctuary screen was a waving flag with the words, "Thank you for taking time to make a difference by voting today." The speakers softly played the hymn It is Well with My Soul.

Lisa Buie, Times staff writer


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