Pasco County reports big turnout and smooth voting

6:40 PM, Nov 6, 2012   |    comments
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Dade City, Florida -- Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley reports few problems at the polls this Election Day, even though turnout has been heavy at the county's 110 precincts. 

By late afternoon, the county's voter turnout was 61 percent, with some precincts reporting turnout as high as 82 percent. There are about 311,000 registered voters in Pasco County.

The few problems we did hear about at 10 News seemed to have been resolved fairly quickly. One voter told us a gate at a subdivision with a polling place was closed in the morning, but they later got in. Another voter said he was originally given the wrong ballot, but that a poll worker corrected the problem.

A brief power outage in Dade City mid-afternoon also caused some headaches. For about 15 minutes, elections workers were unable to retrieve voter information via computer, so any voter with ID problems during that time period was asked to cast a provisional ballot.

And just to give you an idea of how strange some voting complaints can be, in Pasco someone complained about the color of the tape on the floor marking a waiting line. It was blue and they thought it could be a subliminal message to vote Democratic.

If that's the stickiest problem Corley has to handle this Election Day -- he'll take it.

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