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Record Number of Ballots Cast During Early Voting

Voters waited for more than an hour at the Bloomingdale Regional Library.

Arriving at the Bloomingdale Regional Library Saturday afternoon, Alberto Rivera didn't hesitate to join the line of early voters that extended down the library's driveway and onto the sidewalk adjacent to Bloomingdale Avenue.

"I'm here to vote," said a determined Rivera. "Heck, you stand in longer lines at Disney World."

At one point on Saturday, the line to vote ran west on Bloomingdale Avenue to Bloomingdale High School, where the high school parking lot accommodated the overflow of cars. An estimated 400 voters waited more than an hour for the privilege of exercising their democratic right.

Candidates Gail Gottlieb, D-Brandon, running for state representative, and Bob Henriquez, D-Tampa, a candidate for property appraiser, took advantage of the captive audience in line to do some campaigning.

According to the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Office, a record number of residents, 166,937, cast votes during the eight-day early voting period. The previous record was 146,558, set in 2008.

Days before the General Election, there's already been a 41.32 percent voter turnout. The Bloomingdale library accounted for 12,393 of the early votes.

For more information, call the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Office at 813-744-5900 or visit VoteHillsborough.org.

Watts November 04, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Obama up in Florida and other states in early voting: http://news.yahoo.com/obama-seems-early-vote-lead-key-states-204705391--election.html But I have to wonder what any Romney voters are thinking. Who knows Romney better than anybody? How about the state who actually voted him in before, as Governor. So let's take a moment to look at how the only state who has any working knowledge about how Romney governs, is voting... http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/president/ma/massachusetts_romney_vs_obama-1804.html The average of all polls, whether you believe some to be conservative or liberal leaning, still gives Obama a 20+ point lead. So my question is, why aren't more people paying attention to this? You can't shrug it off that it is MA and they always lean this way, because they voted Romney himself in as a Republican. The reality is that Romney can't even get close in this election in the only state that he has governed before, where the people actually know what you get if you vote for Romney. If he was the success that he pretends to be in MA, don't you think that he would be leading in MA or at the very least, have a close race going on there?

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