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Primary Elections Underway In Leon County

large sign is set up on the sidewalk. The sign reads, "Precinct." Then, an arrow points to the left. The words, "Vote here" are written on the arrow. Below the arrow is an American Flag and below the flag is the words, "We are open 7:00 - 7:00."
Robbie Gaffney
Primary Election began at 7 a.m. today. It will end at 7 p.m.

In Leon County, voters have been heading to the polls to cast their ballots in the primary election. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, Magdalena Demetriades decided to vote in person on election day. She's a Florida State University student who doesn't have any underlying conditions that would make her more vulnerable to the Coronavirus. But Demetriades says she's still not happy to be voting during an outbreak:

"I don't think we should still be in the state we are, and that's kind of on fault of our politicians. So it's important to get out and vote today."

Demetriades says her mail-in ballot in the 2016 primaries was sent back to her. Now she says voting-in person feels like the safer option. Grant Steans, a Florida A & M University student, also shares those Demetriades's concerns.

"At least I know once I put my ballot in the scanner, then it's going to be counted," Steans says.

Steans says last time he tried to vote by mail, he forgot to include his signature, and his ballot didn't get counted. Polls for primary Election Day close at 7 p.m. today.

Robbie Gaffney graduated from Florida State University with degrees in Digital Media Production and Creative Writing. Before working at WFSU, they recorded FSU’s basketball and baseball games for Seminole Productions as well as interned for the PBS Station in Largo, Florida. Robbie loves playing video games such as Shadow of the Colossus, Animal Crossing, and Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles. Their other hobbies include sleeping and watching anime.