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Early voting gets off to a smooth start in Leon County

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Tom Flanigan
A smiling Mark Earley welcomed voters to the Eastside Library early voting location as balloting got underway.

Early voting began Saturday, Aug. 13 in Leon County and continues through Sunday, August 21st. The county's Supervisor of Elections, Mark Earley was making the rounds to a number of locations as the balloting got underway.
Earley said the county's 10 early voting sites are also secure drop-off places for vote-by-mail ballots. You can even change your mind about how you vote.

"If you have a vote-by-mail and want to vote in person, you can bring it in and we'll void it and you can vote in person. That's what I did this morning at the courthouse."

The county's first early voter, casting a first-ever ballot, was Earley's 19-year old son, Braden. Although he seemed a bit gobsmacked by the number of local candidates on the ballot.

"That's exactly what my son said," Earley chuckled: 'Wow, all these names!' I said, 'Call your grandmother. Don't ask me.'"

Braden's grandmother being former Tallahassee City Commissioner Debbie Lightsey. Despite some state-ordered changes, Earley said the first day of early voting came off without a hitch.

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Tom Flanigan has been with WFSU News since 2006, focusing on covering local personalities, issues, and organizations. He began his broadcast career more than 30 years before that and covered news for several radio stations in Florida, Texas, and his home state of Maryland.

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