Voters have mixed experiences with new ballots

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Bob Koon had his vote rejected.

"Mine messed up," said Koon, a Democrat who voted at Precinct 22, which votes at the Bayside Estates clubhouse at the intersection of Pine Ridge Road and San Carlos Boulevard near Fort Myers Beach.

Koon said someone forgot to tear the tab off the bottom of his ballot, and the machine spat it back at him.

"I walked up and stuck it in and got ERROR!," he said. "There's that little tab that's supposed to be torn off, and it wasn't torn off."

Koon said someone tore the tab off the ballot and it was accepted.

"It said I voted," he said.

Carolyn Earle voted soon after Koon. She said she liked filling in the ovals instead of touching the screen.

"I like the new system," she said. "I like being able to color in with a pen and feed the machine. I think a lot of people become confused pushing the buttons."

Frank and Maryann Kunze were voting for the first time in Florida, having moved from Penneylvania.

"It was simple," Frank said. "Simpler than up north."

William Dressel was disappointed in his ballot.

"If I'd have known I was going to vote for just two at my age I don't think I'd have come," he said.

Dressel is 94, and a Democrat. In Lee County that means voting only for school board.

"At my age I don't know that much about the schools," he said. -- Charlie Whitehead

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