Crowds at the Land O’ Lakes Library aren’t uncommon, but a line of people waiting to get in isn’t a sight that’s often seen.
That was the case Wednesday afternoon, however, as dozens of people lined up to cast their ballots early in this year’s general election. The wait time was about 20 minutes, but that didn’t seem to bother those patiently standing in the queue.
“It’s better than it will be next week,” responded more than one person when asked why they turned out for Early Voting.
Jasmine Boykin’s answer was a little different. The 18-year-old was there to cast her very first ballot.
“It’s my first election,” she explained. “I was excited.”
Boykin said she worked on a campaign and just couldn’t wait until Nov. 6 to vote her choices.
Early Voting began in Pasco County on Oct. 27 and continues through Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. As of 2 p.m. on Nov. 1 a total of 38,837 people had turned out in Pasco to vote early. Another 49,758 people cast absentee ballots, according to the Pasco County Supervisor of Elections office.
The county has established seven locations for voters to use during this period. Registered voters in Pasco County can report to any of the seven locations to cast their ballot between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
There are two locations in Central Pasco:
Land O’ Lakes Branch Library
2818 Collier Parkway
New River Branch Library
34043 State Road 54
For a complete list of locations, visit the supervisor of election’s website.
How Long is The Wait?
The wait times vary by location and time of the day. The supervisor of elections, however, has a map that shows the anticipated wait times at each location. The map is updated throughout the day to give voters an accurate picture of what to expect when they arrive.
To find out the wait time at any of the county’s seven Early Voting locations, just visit the supervisor of elections online.
What to Bring to Early Voting
Identification is required to vote in Florida. State law calls for both photo and signature identification. This means it’s best to bring a Florida driver’s license or a state identification card to the polls. If this type of identification isn’t available, voters can present two separate forms of identification that include a combination of the following:
- U.S. passport
- Military ID
- Debit or credit card
- Student ID
- Retirement Center ID
- Neighborhood Association ID
- Public Assistance ID
To find out more about voting in Pasco, visit the supervisor of election’s website.