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Early voting opens in two Hernando County locations

Hernando County voters can begin casting their ballots at two Hernando County locations.

That is, if they're open.

Hernando has the fewest hours of early voting in the state with a total of 62 hours. That includes 22 hours on the weekend. The law allows for a maximum of 36.

Supervisor of Elections Annie Williams told the Tampa Bay Times that she would love to provide more hours, but can't spare the overtime.

"I really can't afford to," she said.

Early voting will run from today through Nov. 3.

Hernando residents can cast their ballots at either the election office's main headquarters in Brooksville, 20 N. Main St., Room 165, or their branch office at 7443 Forest Oaks Boulevard in Spring Hill.

Early voting lasts from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Monday through Saturday at those locations. Sunday's hours go from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Pasco, Citrus and Sumter open early voting sites for 12 hours on Saturday and Sundays. Hernando will offer early voting for eight hours on each of two Saturdays and for six hours on Sunday.

Meanwhile, many are choosing to vote absentee.

As of Friday, the Elections Office has received more than 16,000 returned absentee ballots.

Times staff writer Steve Bousquet contributed to this report. Danny Valentine can be reached at dvalentine@tampabay.com or (352) 848-1432.

Early voting opens in two Hernando County locations 10/26/12 [Last modified: Friday, October 26, 2012 8:23pm]
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