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Early voting turnout triples for some Treasure Coast counties

STUART, Fla. -- We are just days away from the Florida Primary and many people are not waiting to vote.

The crowd can be seen from blocks away. Signs are posted on cars and in hand. Candidates Like David Dees running for Martin County Sheriff campaign behind the lines at the supervisor of elections office in Stuart. Many candidates here to make one final pitch.

"We're very excited about the turnout we've had for early voting. Starting Saturday there were over 500 people turned out," said David Dees, (R) Martin County Sheriff Candidate.

It's the final countdown to Primary Election Day. Early voting is underway and the turnout is defying the odds up and down the Treasure Coast.

"It happened in the 08 general election, but now that we only have 8 days of early voting it really has created a sense of urgency to get out there and cast your vote early," said Vicki Davis, Supervisor of Elections Martin Co.

A steady line of people stream in and out in Stuart. It's the same story to the north in Fort Pierce at the early voting poll in Fort Pierce next to the supervisor of elections office off Virginia Avenue.

"I have always voted. But I think this year in particular its so extremly important. So many things are on the line," said voter Peggy Monahan.

Voters say the ease of early voting is the draw this year. Show your license and cast your vote. St. Lucie county saw 13,000 participate in early voting and absentee ballot this year. Three times the average amount.

"It's so easy when I live on this road I can just jump in and go do it. I don't have to wait in long, long lines in my normal precinct," Monahan said.

But it's the key races that bring voters in. In St. Lucie, state representative district 84 is a tight race. In Martin County, county commission and superintendent races are heated. While the race for Congress and candidates Allen West and Robert Crowder is drawing passionate voters on both sides, with one major focus.

"Economy, economy, economy," said Monahan.
Early voting turnout triples for some Treasure Coast counties

Saturday, August 3 2013, 06:33 PM EDT

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