Voters packed Tampa Bay's early voting locations

Posted at 12:37 AM, Nov 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-05 02:22:55-05

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla.- Early voting continued at polling locations across Tampa Bay on Saturday.

“I believe every election is important,” Gloria Jackson said. 

Some voters like, Debra Desmidt, said their mind was made up and last minute campaigning or campaign signs would not have made a difference.

“I made my determination. There’s no sense in waiting,” Desmidt said.

ABC Action News Political Analyst Dr. Susan MacManus said after early voting closes, campaigns will focus on last-minute ‘get out to vote’ efforts for the big day. She said on Monday, candidates will know exactly how many people voted early in Florida and who has not.

“Campaigns really look at who has yet to vote, but is registered, and try to find a way to make sure that that person does vote on Election day,” Dr. MacManus said.

She said the saying is true: every vote counts.

“So some people vote by party. Some people vote by (the) personality of the candidate -just who connects with them. Others vote by issues. There is no one-size-fits-all reason for why people vote for who they do,” Dr. MacManus said.

Dr. MacManus said 51 percent of people in this state voted during the last mid-term election and people predict there will be a higher turnout for this one, but they do not know by how much.

According to the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections, Saturday was a busy day with more than 20,000 people voting in the county.