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Record Turnout Predicted For Presidential Primary

Tom Hagerty

Voting was heavy when polls opened across Florida this morning and Florida’s elections chief predicts turnout will be historic.

Secretary of State Ken Detzner says 2.1 million ballots have already been cast by mail or at early voting sites across the state.  And he says that’s a good indication turnout will exceed the 42 percent reached in 2008.

“It seems to be very balanced but heavy everywhere. And I think that absentee ballot and early voting is a significant part of what my indications are that we are going to have a record turnout today,” Detzner says.

A minor glitch forced officials in Duval County to switch from an electronic to a paper registry, but the problem did not affect voters and did not involve voting equipment, Detzner says.

Polls close at 7 p.m. but results won’t be available until 8 p.m. A handful of precincts in the western Panhandle are in the Central Time Zone.  Detzner says anyone standing in line when the polls close will be able to vote.