Early voting strong as election nears

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Ida Elliot

David Adlerstein
Published: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 02:24 PM.


A queue of registered voters greeted Supervisor of Elections Ida Elliott Saturday at the Apalachicola office as early voting began. A total of 289 voters cast their ballots that day, 150 in Apalachicola and 130 at the Carrabelle annex.

On Sunday, the numbers not surprisingly declined, to 76 in Apalachicola and 40 in Carrabelle, but they picked right back up on Monday, when 134 cast ballots in Apalachicola and 105 in Carrabelle. On Tuesday, 114 voted in Apalachicola and 61 in Carrabelle, bringing the total up through Tuesday afternoon to 818, 474 in Apalachicola and 344 in Carrabelle.

“Everything’s running smoothly,” said Elliott.

Early voting 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 in Apalachicola or Carrabelle annex, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. today and Friday, and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Elliott said she doesn’t expect Saturday to do much business in Apalachicola , with the parade filling up downtown sidewalks. “We’ll be here,” she said. I think everybody’s going to have one thing on their mind and that’s the festival. There’s going to be a lot of traffic. They may do well in Carrabelle, I don’t know.”

Elliott said she expects the county to see upwards of an 80 to 85 percent turnout, bettering the 79.3 percent turnout four years ago. The county has 7,451 registered voters, of these 4,986 Democrats, 1,753 Republicans, and 712 either unaffiliated or with other parties, according to the supervisor of elections website, http://votefranklin.com where you can also review a sample ballot.

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