Florida voters head to the polls

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Tallahassee, Florida - Voting is under way across Florida for the state's primary election today.

The polls opened at 7 o'clock this morning in nearly 6,200 polling places around the state and they will remain open until 7 p.m.

Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner says voting has gone smoothly so far.

A lot of people have already voted. Detzner says more than one million voters submitted absentee ballots or cast their votes in early voting.

Detzner says that level of participation in early voting surpasses the primary numbers in the last presidential election year in 2008.

"That's 357,000 more than were cast in 2008. By all accounts the early voting process went smoothly and that has continued today with no reported issues."

Statewide voter turnout in 2008 was 18 percent.

If you have questions about the status of your registration or your polling location, go online to www.elections.myflorida.com or call the state's election hotline at 1-866-308-6739.

Detzner also says Florida is making progress in negotiations to access a federal citizenship database that may help Florida find ineligible voters on the state's voter rolls.

The state has been trying to finalize the deal for more than a month after the feds agreed to let Florida use the database. Detzner says Florida's effort to find noncitizens on voter rolls will resume before the general election on Nov. 6.

"We're going to restart the program in the very near future and we'll be working deliberately, very cautiously in making sure that all due process is in place as we go forward managing that program with the assistance of the federal government, Homeland Security and our supervisors of elections."

Dave Heller

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