Ken Detzner: A beautiful day in Florida; all polls opened on time with no significant issues

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Election Day voting started without any significant problems across Florida. Voters will select a governor; decide whether to legalize medical marijuana and whether to earmark more money for conservation efforts.

“Everything is going very smoothly and I think that this may be the first time all polls opened on time. I think we had a power outage in Seffner that was fixed in 58 minutes, so nothing out of the unusual occurred today,” said Secretary of State Ken Detzner at a morning briefing.

“The tone of the election community, the Supervisors and volunteers is very positive and I think people have a sense of electricity participating in the election,” said Detzner.

The state’s lead election official said he didn’t want to make any predictions about voter turnout during the morning briefing but Detzner did indicate that he’s expecting a higher than average turnout for a mid-term election.

“Clearly early voting has set a record as has absentee-voting,” said Detzner. “The weather is beautiful in Florida, people are turning out. Campaigns and organizations are assisting people to get to the polls, to find out where polling locations are. I think we’re going to have a really, really good election today and I look forward to reporting so later tonight.”

About 3.1 million Floridians voted before Tuesday. More than 5.4 million people voted in the 2010 mid-term, 48.7 percent of eligible voters. More than 8.5 million participated in the 2012 election, a 71.5 percent turnout.

Polls are open until 7:00 p.m. local time. Detzner said anyone in line at that time will be allowed to vote. The Secretary of State’s next election briefing is scheduled for 8:30 p.m.