Update on early voting at College Hill Library listen10/23/08 SeÃ¡n Kinane
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Nearly 26,000 Hillsborough County residents cast ballots during the first three days of early voting this week, according the Supervisor of Elections Office. The number increased each day from Monday through Wednesday.The College Hill Branch Library on Martin Luther King Boulevard in East Tampa is one of Hillsborough Countyâ€™s 13 early voting sites.
James Youngblood goes by the name The Pictureman. He and his wife gave out hot dogs and cold water from their food truck to people after they voted. He said heâ€™s already given away a lot of hot dogs and will continue to do it the rest of the week.
His wife, Sheila Youngblood, said thereâ€™s such a large turnout for early voting because people want to witness history being made.
Satin Price voted Thursday for the first time. She said that it only took 20 to 30 minutes, in part because she went over the ballot ahead of time.
Jennifer Tillis said she waited in line about 45 minutes for early voting â€œto beat the crowds, I thought so.â€
Clarence Ford wore a blue shirt that said â€œPhyllis Busansky for Supervisor of Elections.â€ He has been volunteering at the early voting site all week for the Busansky campaign because of problems with current Supervisor of Elections Buddy Johnson.
Price said it took him about an hour or an hour and a half to vote, but said that it was â€œpretty decentâ€ compared to other years.
Frank Williams is the pastor of Paradise Missionary Baptist Church. Pastor Williams wore a sandwich board with a photo of Barack Obama and messages from the Bible.
Earlier this year, the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections office sent out voter information cards that did not include the address of a voterâ€™s polling location, but it reversed that practice this month after public outcry. Jacquetta Thomas said it took her an hour to wait in line and vote early, but she preferred that to waiting in long lines on Election Day.
Early voting continues every day except Sunday through Nov. 1. You can find out where polling locations are and their hours by contacting your countyâ€™s supervisor of elections office.
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