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Ballot-Counting Begins After Low Turnout

August 23, 2010 - 6:00pm

Supervisors of elections across Florida reported a sometimes sporadically active, but mostly low voter turnout in Tuesday's primary, reminding poll watchers that more than 1 million Floridians had already voted by the time the day began.

In Duval County, home of Jacksonville, Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland posted on his Facebook site that only 4.5 percent of registered voters had cast an early ballot, and even Tuesday the results were equally dismal.

In Palm Beach County, on the other hand, where four voters reported they had been given the wrong ballot, Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher told Sunshine State News that traffic at her polling places was brisk -- in fact, better than in 2008.

Officials in Sarasota and Manatee County also report a below-average turnout, according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Heavy storms all along the Interstate 4 corridor and its environs are considered the largest contributing factor in a less-than-10 percent turnout.

By 8 p.m. EST, when all polls were closed in Florida, the only two races CNN could call were for Marco Rubio in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate and gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink in the Democratic primary. But by 8:20 EST, the network called the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate for Kendrick Meek.

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