Published: Aug 24, 2010 4:58 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 24, 2010 1:58 PM EDT

MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. (AP) - A precinct on Florida' Space Coast was shut down for several hours after a suspicious package was found outside it.

Precinct 19 in Merritt Island was closed for several hours Tuesday after the package was discovered outside the recreational center in an area of Brevard County called Kiwanis Island. Clerks at the precinct secured the ballots before evacuating the rec hall.

Brevard elections supervisor Lori Scott says voters were redirected to an elections office in Merritt Island to cast their ballots for governor and U.S. Senate.

Scott says she expects the precinct to be reopened later in the day. She says an initial police X-ray of the package suggested it wasn't harmful.