Early voting begins Saturday

Published: Friday, October 26, 2012 at 10:16 AM.

There isn’t any excitement brewing for countywide offices this year, in fact there aren’t even any on the upcoming ballot, but the Nov. 6 general election is upon us, and it’s a big one.

Early voting opens Saturday, and runs through Saturday, Nov. 3 in Apalachicola and in Carrabelle, with the choice of president highlighting the ballot. Those who want to vote early can do so at the Supervisor of Elections office in Apalachicola, or the Carrabelle annex, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays, and Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Supervisor of Elections Ida Elliott said the county could see upwards of an 80 to 85 percent turnout, bettering the 79.3 percent turnout four years ago. “You always want a wonderful turnout,” she said.

In addition to deciding between Democratic incumbent President Barack Obama, and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, Franklin County voters will decide whether to re-elect Democratic incumbent Florida Sen. Bill Nelson or put in Republican challenger Connie Mack.

In Congressional District 2, incumbent Republican Steve Southerland (Panama City) is facing a challenge from Democrat Al Lawson (Tallahassee).

In the race to fill the Florida House District 7 seat, vacated by Leonard Bembry, Liberty County Clerk of Court Robert Hill is running as a Democrat against Tallahassee nurseryman Halsey Beshears, the Republican candidate.

In Florida Senate District 3, incumbent Democrat Bill Montford is running against Republican John Shaw.

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