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Carrollwood Voters Encouraged to Cast Ballots in their Precincts

Some voters mistakenly headed to the Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library to vote in today's primary election instead of their precinct.

Diane Warholic sat in an Army green fold out chair on Tuesday morning beneath the shade of the Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library on Bearss Avenue.

Warholic, a primary election volunteer whose community service earnings will go toward the Sertoma Club as part of an Adopt-A-Precinct program, said voter turnout had been slow at the Carrollwood library.

One thing the retired teacher noticed as voters trickled in to cast ballots for everything from U.S. Senate to Hillsborough County School Board was a misconception about where to vote.

"They came here (the library) for early voting, but they have to vote in the primary at their precincts," Warholic said. "Not everybody can come here to vote in the primary."

Clerk Pam Gall echoed Warholic's sentiment, explaining to voters that they were to head to their precinct to vote today, even if they cast absentee ballots or voted early at the heavily-trafficked Keel library.

Meanwhile, voters like Thomas Lewis of Lake Magdalene stopped by the Keel library to pick up a library book after voting.

Lewis voted at Lake Magdalene United Methodist Church, and said he was keeping an eye on races like school board because his grandchildren were in school.

As for the Nov. 6 election?

"My expectation for November is to beat Obama," he said.

Martha Loewenthal of north Tampa said she thought lowly of the negativity in this year's election.

"I think it's a filthy contest," she said after being informed by voting officials that the Keel library wasn't her correct voting precinct.

"But," she added as she left the Keel library, "as long as Obama wins, it's OK."

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