Fla. Voters in Line at Close of Polls Allowed to Vote

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) -- The polls are open throughout most of Florida.

Elections officials say anyone in line when the polls close at 7 p.m. will be allowed to vote Tuesday. Voting begins in the Florida Panhandle at 7 a.m. CST.

State officials say more than 4.5 million people have already voted in Florida, either by mail or in person. Officials say 43 percent of those voters were Democrats and 39 percent were Republicans. Long lines of voters snaked outside many polling precincts before early voting ended Saturday.

There are nearly 12 million registered voters in Florida.

Florida is poised to play a crucial role in picking America's next president. Florida has 29 electoral votes in Tuesday's election and both President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney have worked hard for them.

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