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Detzner: Voting runs smoothly, state progresses on voter purge

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August

Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner is one of a million people who already voted in today's primary elections.

About 708,000 of those were cast through absentee ballots, and 367,000 were in early votes, he said in a press conference this morning. That's 357,000 more votes than were cast in 2008.

He added that recent changes to rules on early voting and registration requirements have not caused disruptions.

It's unclear at this point whether the five Florida counties thar are still operating under old election laws are seeing more or less voters than the rest of the state. Pinellas is one of 62 counties that will enforce the new law, while Hillsborough and four other counties will follow the old law.

Turnout in primary elections is usually small, falling at 18 percent and 22 percent in 2008 and 2010, respectively. The rural counties tend to have the highest voter turnouts, he said.

As the state cruises toward the Nov. 6 general election, Detzner said Florida is making progress toward gaining access to the non-citizen federal database that has been center to the fight over the so-called voter purge.

He said the state plans to implement a "deliberate, managed and controlled program" to clear non-citizens from the voter rolls before the general election. 

Voting will continue today until 7 p.m. Eastern Time, and early poll results will be announced at 8 p.m. Questions about voting requirements and polling locations can be addressed at elections.myflorida.com or 866-308-6739.

@britt_alana

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 14, 2012 11:50am]

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