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Early birds get ballots

Published:   |   Updated: May 7, 2013 at 05:18 PM

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As a poll deputy at the west side election office, Joseph Mamo shows up daily in his American flag polo shirt to assist people at the voting facility and inform them of what they will need before casting their ballots.

The former Detroiter was there in the heat Wednesday morning at his station.

"It's been kind of slow today," Mamo said.

Voters may have been sparse, but there were plenty of political candidate representatives waving signs, hoping to sway peoples' minds. Campaign placards were everywhere.

Early voting for the Aug. 14 primary started Saturday and winds up at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Eligible voters may vote early at the downtown government center or at the west side office off Forest Oaks Boulevard.

John and Audrey Fessler were two early voters Wednesday in Spring Hill. They didn't mind the light turnout.

"We want to beat the crowds," John Fessler said.

As of Wednesday, of the 9,838 people who had requested absentee ballots, 4,209 people had returned them, according to the Hernando County Supervisor Of Elections Office.

There have been 1,423 early voters so far.

It was learned this week that, because of vendor error, the school board race in District 2 had been left off the ballot on one of the machines at the west side office.

The error was immediately corrected and did not affect any of the other machines used for early voting, officials said.

That error also did not affect any of the absentee ballots, said Elizabeth Townsend, director of operations with the elections office.

For more information about early voting, next week's primary and other campaign information, visit (352) 544-5290

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