Polling locations across the county have seen a few early-bird voters since their doors opened at 7 a.m. for the primary election, but poll workers expect it to be a slow day.
“The primaries never mattered to me” until this election, said voter and Palmetto resident Sharon Petrick, who went to the Bradenton Area Convention Center to cast her ballot.
Despite that, Petrick said she has voted in every primary election and feels it was something everyone should do. She chose to go early in the day so she wouldn’t forget to vote.
Nunzie Marinelli, 86, has been helping with election days for 15 years. He said he enjoys meeting new people, and it gets him out of the house.
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Just over an hour after the doors opened at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Holmes Beach, he said he saw maybe a dozen voters.
“It’s gonna be a slow, long day,” he said.
It was also a slow voting day in East Manatee, with a sprinkling of voters keeping the polls at Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, Woodland Baptist Church, and the Braden River Library free of lines.