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Today is end of campaign trail

Citrus voters have a host of important choices to make about the candidates and the issues.

By JIM ROSS and BARBARA BEHRENDT

© St. Petersburg Times, published November 7, 2000


Election Day finally has arrived.

Today, Citrus voters will help choose a president and a U.S. senator. They also will select three county commissioners, a school superintendent, a tax collector, a property appraiser and a U.S. House of Representatives member, among other offices.

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Ben VanDermark, 2, gets a jump on Election Day on Monday as he participates in the balloting for president at Today's Child preschool in Inverness.
Some voters will have additional tasks: People who live east of County Road 491 will select a state senator; Beverly Hills residents will decide whether to recommend creation of a new taxing unit; and Crystal River residents will choose two City Council members and a mayor.

Final results should be available by 9 p.m. or so, Supervisor of Elections Susan Gill said. The results will be available at http://www.elections.citrus.fl.us.

As of Monday afternoon, more than 9,000 registered voters already had participated in the election. Some voted by absentee ballot through the mail; others stopped by the Supervisor of Elections Office's two locations and cast ballots.

They weren't the only ones involved early: Citrus schoolchildren joined students throughout the state by participating in a mock presidential election Monday.

Results were compiled Monday afternoon by the Citrus County League of Women Voters and then reported to state election officials in Tallahassee. Results of the student polling will be released at 7 p.m. today after the real polls close.

Citrus fourth- and fifth-graders also voted on another question: whether the countywide spelling bee should be continued.

Here's some Election Day information:

Voting: Polls will be open between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Bring a photo ID to the polls. Can't find one? You still can vote, provided you sign an affidavit attesting to your identity. Check with the election clerk at your precinct. Don't remember your polling place? Call the Supervisor of Elections Office at 341-6740.

Transportation: The Citrus County Democratic Executive Committee will provide free rides for area Democrats. Call Joe Cino at 628-7191. The Citrus County Republican Executive Committee will provide the same service for Republicans. Call 726-3124.

Television: Adelphia Cable customers can turn to Ch. 7 starting at 7 p.m. today to hear election news and analysis from QPI Productions president Steve Parker and Citrus Times political reporter Jim Ross. Results from absentee voting should be available between 7 and 7:30 p.m. After that, watch for periodic updates through the evening.

Taking office: Because of unique circumstances, the new leadership of the school district will be sworn in at two separate times.

When School Board member Mark Stone resigned to run for tax collector, he made the effective date Nov. 14. That means Carol Snyder, who won the seat in September, will be sworn in Nov. 14 before the regular board meeting.

The following week, on Nov. 21, the board will hold its organizational meeting, as statute requires. At that meeting, Ginger Bryant will be sworn in to replace Carl Hansen, whom she defeated in September. The superintendent also will be sworn in.

County commissioners will take office Nov. 21. The property appraiser and tax collector will begin their terms in early January. The state senator's term will begin immediately.

In Crystal River, winners will be sworn in tonight at City Hall. They will take office Jan. 1.

Questions: Call the Supervisor of Elections Office, 341-6740.

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