JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It has been a very busy day for early voting. Thousands of people voted at the Norwood location. This line has been pretty long all throughout the day. People started Saturday morning at 7 a.m., but they lined up here starting much earlier. Everyone ready to cast their vote.
A line worthy of a rock concert. These people say what they're waiting for is much more important.
"And I know this is important and I didn't want anything to get in the way," said Roslyn Burrough.
With the looming skies from Sandy, some people said they wanted to get out early, just in case the weather turned nasty. Their friends and family in the Northeast start doing the same in preparation of the big storm.
"This morning, I formally declared a state of emergency in anticipation of Hurricane Sandy, which is expected to be a severe, and a potentially devastating storm that will hit New Jersey beginning Sunday night," said Gov. Chris Christie, R-New Jersey.
And speaking of preparation, make sure you prepare for a long ballot.
"Your sample ballot should be filled out. Know what you're going to vote for before you get here," said Jerry Holland, Duval County Supervisor of Elections. "If not, it's going to take you a while. Not just the line, but it could take you 20, 30 minutes to go through the ballot, comprehend it, make a vote selection on all the races."
Rudolph Johnson says he's glad he did his homework.
"It's best to come out early if you can to vote early so ... it would be done. That's my idea of it," he said.
And again, that key is to make sure you study the ballot, know the issues before you get here, to make sure this line doesn't get any longer. And again, you have until next Saturday to cast an early ballot.
First Coast News