Primary voting in Manatee County light, so far

August 14, 2012 

MANATEE -- Turnout at the polls for Manatee County's primary election has been light, so far.

"We're probably looking at 11 percent turnout so far, including the absentee ballots," Supervisor of Elections Bob Sweat said. "We have not had a strong turnout today. Hopefully it will pick up at noon."

Among races on the primary ballot are sheriff, school board, county commission, U.S. Senate, and District 123 State attorney.

Polls are open 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. today.

Poll workers workers at three precincts agreed that voter traffic had been slow most of the morning, although some said it had been busier at 7 a.m. when the polls opened.

Lucky Dogs, 1207 3rd Ave. W., Bradenton, is offering $1 hot dogs Tuesday for anyone who comes in with their "I voted" sticker.

Other election day deals or problems? Let us know at or call 941-745-7000.

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