Tuesday, November 05, 2002
Early Turnout Report

7:00 a.m. turnout at Precinct 704 in Volusia County (Daytona Beach Shores) was solid. Every voting station was filled, and there was enough of a line and a sufficient rate of arrivals to keep it filled for a while.

Given the closeness of the 2000 election here in Florida, I'm surprised more hasn't been made explicitly about the degree to which every vote counts. My gut feeling is that people may have developed a new respect for the importance of voting, but that's just intuition. Time will tell.

The early voters seemed well prepared, arriving equipped with marked sample ballots. The ballot's pretty long: Ten constitutional amendments to consider. I expect Volusia County will be aware of the downside of optical-scanned paper ballots after today (even though I still think the upsides well outweigh the downsides).