COLLIER COUNTY, Fla - Collier County Elections officials are crediting the smoothness of Election Day to the fact that they deployed all ballot machines and because they pushed early voting and saw a record turnout.
There were virtually no issues reported in Collier County througout the day. Prior to election day two thirds of registered voters in Collier County cast a ballot either through absentee or early voting. That amounts to more than 100,000 voters.
At Precinct 202, Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church in North Naples the longest wait was thirty minutes just before the lunch hour.
Tim Durham with the Supervisor of Elections Office says they had 120 ballot machines deployed to 60 polling locations throughout the county. Some places had one, but other busier polling locations had three. That was the case at Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church.
As for voter turnout, elections officials predicted 50,000 people would turn out to vote and around 4:30 they had more than 40,000 people cast their ballot at the polls.
As of 7:00 lines remained at only two of the 60 polling locations. One in Immokalee and the other in Golden Gate.