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Voters made to cast ballots alphabetically



TAMPA -- When Marion Jimmo, 76, snagged a place near the front of the line outside her precinct's poll at 6:30 this morning, she expected to be one of the first to vote. Because her name begins with a J instead of an A or B, it didn't happen that way, she said.

The poll workers at the New Life Pentecostal Church of God on E Bougainvillea Avenue began calling voters inside alphabetically, regardless of their place in line. Jimmo didn't leave the poll for another two hours, she said.

"Here I was two from the door waiting to come in," Jimmo said. "I said, 'This isn't fair.'"

She called Supervisor of Elections Buddy Johnson, who hurriedly told her he would address the problem. "He said, 'Hurry up, hurry up. I'll give you three seconds.' Then he said, 'We'll look into it,'" Jimmo said.

Elections representatives have not yet responded to inquires about the issue.

Kim Wilmath, Times staff writer


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


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