On the scene: At Hope Lutheran Church off Old 41 in Bonita


At 12:40 p.m., Precinct 137 at the Hope Lutheran Church off Old 41 in Bonita Springs was quiet. Though hours had gone by, less than 50 people had voted.

In the early morning, the precinct was drawing about nine people an hour. That slowed even more as the afternoon approached.

Frances Billker, 62, arrived at the precinct around 11 a.m. to set up a card table where she urged residents to vote no on Amendment 2, The Florida Marriage Amendment, in November.

"I'm hoping for clouds, but no rain," she said, standing in the hot sun with no shade in sight.

She voted at the precinct herself. It didn't take long.

"As a Democrat there wasn't a whole lot for me to vote on," she said.

She could only vote for two school board members in Lee County.

One resident, who wasn't a Republican either, stopped by the precinct and then walked away after finding out she could only cast ballots for school board members, who she knew nothing about. -- Laura Layden

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