If you were hoping to skip the long lines of Election Day and vote early, be prepared to be disappointed.
This weekend was the first early voting days in most of the Bay area and even those who showed up before polls had officially opened were waiting in lines of up to an hour long.
Those long lines continue through today, where many residents in Lakeland were waiting around 1/2 hour to get into the building.
So why the wait? Election officials are saying just filling in the ovals is taking a while because Florida's ballot is long - about two legal sheet's worth of text. Voters who don't bring a filled-in sample ballot with them have a lot to read, especially when it comes to the 12 constitutional amendments on the ballot.
Even if you can't control how long you wait in line, you can be prepared to fill in your ballot accurately and correctly by being familiar with the ballot. Click http://www.abcactionnews.com/dpp/news/political/democracy-2012-tampa-bay-area-sample-ballots to find the sample ballot for your county.
Don't know where to vote? Click http://www.abcactionnews.com/dpp/news/political/democracy-2012-tampa-bay-area-polling-places---find-out-where-you-vote-on-election-day for a link to your polling place.