In the Coral Reef Public Library Early voting site, citizens are lined up around the building in order to cast their last-minute early votes. A group standing 100 feet from the entrance say they’ve been waiting for 4 hours, and anticipate waiting another hour before they finally get inside to vote. “We got here at 12:15 before the polls even opened,” one man said.
I’ve been in the line for 30 minutes so far, and I’ve moved up about 30 feet, a foot per minute. There’s a lady shouting incoherent political babble, while another is trecking around carrying cold water bottles, “This ain’t McCain water, this ain’t Obama water, it’s Zephyrhills,” she said.
An 8 year old child is campaigning for his grandfather, Pedro J. Garcia, for property appraiser. “He’s the only candidate with over thirty years experience,” he said.
Others are fitting in some homework on the downtime.
At 4:53 pm people were still getting in line to vote. Congress candidate Taddeo showed up around that time to shake every person’s hand. I am now snaking back in the direction I came from in line.
I’m still in line 4 hours later, and the entrance of the building is nowhere in sight. Why did they make Sunday, the day people are most likely to vote, the shortest day to vote? The polls were only open from 1 to 5 today. However, i’ve yet to see even one person give up and leave the line. I’m now toward the back of the building, and I can see inside through the back window:
Pizza and water have been handed out, and I’m still in line hours later…
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