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Some Pasco voters sweating it out



DADE CITY -- The tally of Pasco County voters in today's primary as of 11:03 a.m. is 17,030 -- that's 6 percent of the electorate. Pasco Supervisor of Election Brian Corley predicted a 25 to 27 percent turnout today.

Here's what's been counted so far: 6,361 absentee votes, 5,546 early votes and 5,123 poll votes.

Today is the first election for Corley and his office using new optical scan voting machines. How's it going so far?

"Overall we are pleased with the performance of the optical scanners," Corley said, "and particularly impressed with how the voters are adapting to the new voting system."

The only problem so far was reported at Precinct 104 in Hudson. Someone stole the air conditioner from the clubhouse at Griffin Park, according to Corley, and the incident does not appear to be election-related.

The county was rushing some fans out so voters there won't have to sweat it out.

Jamal Thalji, Times staff writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:33am]


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