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Voter turnout expected to be 25% in Florida Primary

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SARASOTA, Fla. – Florida’s Primary Election is under way. The polls are open and voters across the Suncoast are casting ballots.

Volunteers were busy Tuesday morning counting the absentee ballots at the Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections office.  “The early voting, we ended up with 11% between the absentee and the early voting going into the election today,” said Supervisor of Elections Kathy Dent.

Dent anticipated a normal turnout for a primary election which in Sarasota County is about 25%.  “I had hoped that we would have a bigger turnout because there are some important races on this ballot and some of the races are going to be decided today,” Dent told ABC 7.

She has a name for the faithful 25% of voters who did cast their vote on Tuesday.  “We call them are super-voters, and they are the folks that show up every election no matter what.”

Steve Allen is a proud super-voter.  “It is very important to vote. To vote in your own party's primary in order to select a candidate to go to the general election, that is sort of where you start.”

Voter Matt Ross agrees and let his voice be heard at the ballot box Tuesday. “I want to make sure that the right candidates get on the ballots for the later November elections,” said Ross.

On Tuesday, for the first time, voters in Sarasota County signed in using a new electronic poll book. Instead of placing signatures on paper, voters signed in using an iPad.  “This gives us the opportunity of giving real-time voter history and real-time voter turnout,” said Dent.

She said another advantage of using an electronic poll book is speed. If a poll location gets busy, poll workers can quickly begin using another iPad to speed up the process.

Election results will be available sometime after 7pm at the following links:

Sarasota County

Manatee County

Charlotte County