In Pinellas, it appears turnout will fall below 75 percent, according to unofficial tallies. That's less than in 2004 -- when turnout was reported at 77 percent, and far from the Pinellas record turnout of 85 percent in 1992. However, more ballots were cast Tuesday than in any previous Pinellas election.
County election workers say they fielded more than 15,000 calls seeking assistance Tuesday, but reported no major problems at polling places. A total of nine optical scanners broke down during the day, but all were replaced or repaired and no votes were lost.
Pinellas Supervisor Deb Clark, who easily won re-election Tuesday, said the large number of absentee and early votes cast made things easier.
"It's easy to smile," Clark said. "We had a great election day."