Monday was the first day of early voting. This year's early voter turn out exceeded previous election numbers. In 2004 more than 16 thousand people voted early in Alachua County. Today alone they had one quarter of that total.
With the election still two weeks away some people are trying to catch the early bird-voting special.
For one voter this day couldn't come any sooner.
Florence Garcia of Gainesville made it a day out with her friends... managing to avoid the lines and crowds expected on November 4th.
Alachua County Supervisor of Elections Pamela Carpenter explains its an efficient way of getting the job done.
"At least 300 voters showed up today to vote early at the downtown location at the Millhoper location there's already been 400 so far, now for one Alachua county supervisor she says this is the greatest turn out in years."
The turnout today has been strong in North Central Florida. Thousands of voters have already cast their ballot.
Voting officials are hoping that this strong turn out continues in the days leading up to the election.
Carpenter expects 50,000 people to vote in Alachua County on election day.
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