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Fl Elections Head Confident About Primary

Secretary of State Ken Detzner.
Florida Department of State
Florida Department of State

Despite some concerns about weather, and even questions about security, in the run up to tomorrow's primary, Florida’s elections chief says he’s confident in the state’s ability to hold an election.

Secretary of State Ken Detzner says plenty of safeguards are built in to the state’s election’s system.

“Any IT technology issues that might be breeched, we have them covered.  The safe guards that are in place also overlap with the security of the supervisor of elections. We are a paper ballot state, so that ensures that whoever votes there will be a paper record to always go back to incase there was a problem in an area where there was voting. But I’m confident that we’re going to have one of the best elections that Florida has ever had. We’re going to show the nation and the world that Florida knows how to run elections,” Detzner says.

Detzner expects the state to break records at the polls this year.

“The primary. And I actually think we’ll have some records for the general election as well. I think the trend of enthusiasm among voters is very high and our challenge is to meet that enthusiasm, make sure the voting experience is a quality one and that every vote counts in Florida,” Detzner says.

In Leon County nearly 14,000 people voted early and nearly 13,000 voted by mail. Local Election Supervisor Ion Sancho has predicted a larger than average primary turnout.

Polls close Tuesday evening at 7 p.m.

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Regan McCarthy is the Assistant News Director for WFSU Public Media. Before coming to Tallahassee, Regan graduated with honors from Indiana University’s Ernie Pyle School of Journalism. She worked for several years for NPR member station WFIU in Bloomington, Ind., where she covered local and state government and produced feature and community stories.

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