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Primary turnout is high

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published September 12, 2002

BROOKSVILLE -- More than 26 percent of Hernando County's registered voters turned out for Tuesday's primary election.

And although statewide poll problems made headlines, Hernando seemed to suffer no glitches.

Turnout Tuesday totaled 26,423, or 26.58 percent of those registered.

That's better than the primary election participation in 2000, but not as good as Supervisor of Elections Annie Williams had expected. Extended voting hours, required because of election system problems in South Florida, had little impact here, she said.

"I can't say that made much of a difference, but in several precincts they did have some (voters) come in after 7 p.m.," Williams said. "Everything went very well, and we're pleased."

Voting system problems that plagued other parts of Florida did not affect Hernando County, which did not change its system, Supervisor of Elections Annie Williams said.

Turnout figures look better when non-Republican and non-Democrat voters are taken out of the mix. Only 1,204 of those with no party affiliation, or 6.45 percent, cast ballots. By comparison, 12,622 Democrats, or 32.22 percent, and 12,597 Republicans, or 30.28 percent, voted Tuesday.

The GOP is Hernando's largest party, with 41,594 registered voters.

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