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Long lines at some polling places across Florence County

There are long lines at some polling places across Florence County, according to Florence County Voter and Election Registration Director David Alford (Tonya Brown/WPDE)

There are long lines at some polling places across Florence County, according to Florence County Voter and Election Registration Director David Alford.

As of 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, dozens of people waited in line at the Savannah Grove precinct in the Effingham community of Florence County.

Poll workers said many voters were in line before 7:00 a.m. Tuesday.

“We had a line of about 60 to 70 people. And we had a steady line since the opening. Very happy that people are getting out to vote. And we anticipate a lot more voters as the day progresses,” said Chandra Johnson.

Edward Olszanowski and his wife Donna said no matter how long the lines were they wanted to cast their ballots in what they call an important election.

“We always vote. Every time there is an election we get out and vote, “said Edward Olszanowski.

Faith Senft said nothing could have held her back from voting.

“I think it’s a pivotal election. It’s really, really important. Nothing could have held me back from voting today,” said Senft.

Many people said they're concerned about the school system and are voting for change within Florence One Schools.

Others, like Julius Goodman ,said they’re voting because they have national concerns.

Goodman said he's concerned about his disability benefits.

“I have had four heart attacks and I’ve had a stroke. I can’t have my benefits cut. Some of my medicines are very expensive,” said Goodman.

Election officials said with so many issues on the table, this could be a record turnout for midterm elections in Florence County.

Alford said as of Monday afternoon, about 8,000 people had voted by way of absentee ballot in Florence County.

He asked for voters to be patient at the precincts where lines are long as poll workers are doing all they can to move the lines as quickly as possible.

Alford said so far things are going smooth with little problems at the polls.

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