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Voters head to the polls in Polk County

Posted at 8:32 AM, Nov 08, 2016

The countdown is over! Election Day is officially here! The polls are open for Florida and voting is underway.

As of Tuesday morning, people were out in droves to vote.

By 6 a.m., there was already a long line of people ready to go inside the polling site at St. John Catholic Church in Lakeland.

Election officials in Polk County and across the state are expecting a huge turnout.

 

 

By the time the polls opened at St. John catholic church in Lakeland, the line was already stretching out the door.

"I got here around 6:30," said voter Ann Loureiro.

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St. John's is usually one of the busiest polling locations in Polk county.

"I think they're ready to get everybody in and get the process started because they know it's gonna be busy throughout the day," Loureiro told ABC Action News.

Polk county has already seen plenty of people cast their ballots. Between mail-in and early voting, more than 170-thousand have already voted.

Statewide, numbers also hitting records with 6.4 million people voting early.

"I think it's great, everybody is turning out," said voter Ruth Arnet.

Florida will play a major factor in deciding the next president. Voters in Polk County are doing all they can to ensure their voices are heard.

"Hopefully the election will be smooth and we'll move on," said Arnet.