Florida Primary Will Set Congressional Races

MIAMI (AP) - Voting turnout was light and there were no major problems as polls opened across the state today for local, state and congressional primary contests.

An elections official in Broward County says there were reports that some poll workers failed to tear off tabs on ballots, causing problems when they were fed into machines.

Besides that, though, things were running smoothly.

Secretary of State Kurt Browning says all but six of 6,913 precincts opened on time and only 18 calls had come in by midmorning to the voter assistance hot line. One voting site in Charlotte County had a power outage, but it was running on battery power until the problem was fixed.

For 15 counties that had used touch-screen voting machines, today marked the first election since the conversion to optical-scan machines.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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