All Eyes Shift To Florida As Early Voting Begins

Record crowds are heading to the polls in Florida and voters are waiting hours to cast their ballots.

Counties large and small, traditionally Democrat and traditionally Republican, are reporting record turnout as the Sunshine State kicks off two weeks of early voting. The voting sites will remain open until the weekend before Election Day.

Florida is again key this election, with 27 electoral votes, 10 percent of the 270 needed to clinch the election. John McCain and Barack Obama are locked in a close race.

Registration numbers show a 600,000-voter edge for Democrats over Republicans in Florida: 4.7 million versus 4.1 million, with 2.1 million people identifying with neither party.

The McCain campaign says it expects more Democrats than Republicans to vote early, but says GOP voters have requested
295,000 absentee ballots statewide compared with 199,000 Democrats.


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  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Oct 21, 2008 at 03:49 AM
    FL had their hanging chads. NC has optical scanners with a 3-6% margin of error with no printers to verify your vote registered correctly. Could there be a conspiracy HERE?? Or did state election officials get a kickback from the voting machine manufacturer to eliminate all the competition? NC officials kept tightening restrictions until there was only 1 vendor left. The local board didn't have a clue when asked about margin of error on the optical scanners. Better mark those "spots" well!! Any candidate in this state losing by 6% or less should demand a hand recount.
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