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Published On: Tue, Nov 6th, 2012

Election Day finally arrives: Florida voting observations and Photos

Absentee ballots, early voting and now the long lines at polling places around the country – Election 2012.

Most polls show a very close race for President as both President Obama and Mitt Romney were campaigning late last night. Hurricane Sandy and the incredible devastation left behind proved to be a bigger surprise and factor than even the discussions over Libya and the Benghazi attack. Some third party candidates are pushing hard to meet the 5% popular vote to improve their Party’s presence on the political landscape.

Voter fraud, voter suppression and women voter turnout appear to all be the buzzwords on election morning as Americans will take to the polls.

Below is just some observations of my personal voting experience this morning in central Florida.

I live and vote in a heavily Democratic district where Kathy Castor is our House Rep.

photo Brandon Jones

 In 2008 the lines were long, wrapping around the buildings. The local Temple Terrace Library was the site of early voting and the line wrapped entirely around the building.

This was not the case in 2012.

I arrived 20 minutes early to my voting location with my son, which put me 12th in the line.

The process went very smoothly.

I was asked for ID without any issue.

At this location there were 2 Romney/Ryan signs and one Gary Johnson sign and no other Presidential candidates’ signs were present.

I then proceeded to 5 other locations, observed the lines and signs.

This Florida highway median was absent of signs for the 2012 election, which was covered in Obama/Biden signs in 2008.
photo Brandon Jones

I was shocked that there were no President Obama signs.

ZERO!!!!

In 2008, the median in front of the aforementioned library was painted in Obama/Biden signs. These locations each had 10 Obama signs for every one McCain/Palin.

Now, dozens of Romney/Ryan signs lined the streets, each and every district was exactly the same scene.

I met a pair of sign wavers, each representing a local contest opposing one another. We gladly relished the civil discourse, the lack of observed conflict or problems and they posed for a quick photo as the morning rain shower was moving through Tampa.

These ladies were extremely friendly, appearing to leave all of the political banter to those running for office.

Again I asked a few sign wavers to confirm: there were NO OBAMA SIGNS – NONE!!!

I have driven by these locations during early voting an observed the absence of the Obama signs expecting a last minute surge or push by supporters, but that appears to have no occurred.

Very pleasant sign wavers, each supporting their favorite candidate, stood side-by-side in the morning sprinkles. photo Brandon Jones

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- Writer and Co-Founder of The Global Dispatch, Brandon has been covering news, offering commentary for years, beginning professionally in 2003 on Crazed Fanboy before expanding into other blogs and sites. Appearing on several radio shows, Brandon has hosted Dispatch Radio, written his first novel (The Rise of the Templar) and completed the three years Global University program in Ministerial Studies to be a pastor. To Contact Brandon email [email protected] ATTN: BRANDON

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