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Morning Voters Encounter Long Line At Safety Harbor Library

Some voters we talked to left because they had to get to work and didn't have time to wait in the long line.

A long line of voters snaked around the front of the Safety Harbor Public Library on Tuesday morning, waiting for their precinct to open at 7 a.m. so they could cast their ballots in the 2012 General Election.

Some voters Patch talked to left because they didn't have time to wait in the long line.

Darren Johnson waited in line for 15 minutes before deciding to leave, because he had to get to his job as a fifth-grade teacher at Ozona Elementary in Palm Harbor.

Johnson recently moved to Safety Harbor from New Port Richey and did not expect the long wait to vote.

"This I the first time I've voted in Safety Harbor," he said.

Johnson says he'll try again when he gets off from work.

Maxine Laven lives in Safety Harbor and has a long commute to her job in St. Petersburg, where she works for a podiatrist.

"Boy was I fooled," she said while leaving her precinct to head to work, instead of voting.

Laven got up early this morning and waited in line about three minutes before realizing there was no way she was going to be able to wait in line to vote and make it to work on time. She says she is disappointed.

However, not all voters encountered snags Tuesday morning. 

Meredith Chiarelli lives around the corner from the library. She arrived at the poll at 6:45 a.m. and says voting went smoothly except for the delay getting her ballot.

"They had to look at the number on the sticker to make sure they had the right ballot. They should have collated the ballots ahead of time," she said.

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2012 Election: What You Need to Know in Safety Harbor

Jeffrey Rosenfield November 06, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Great report Sunde! Thanks so much for helping cover election day in the Harbor!

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