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Marco Election 2008: At the polls

The flow of voters to polls is a slow trickle Tuesday afternoon on Marco Island. But poll workers say the flow has been steady, and expect turnout to be high, reaffirming predictions by the Collier County Supervisor of Elections office.

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The flow of voters to polls is a slow trickle Tuesday afternoon on Marco Island. But poll workers say the flow has been steady, and expect turnout to be high, reaffirming predictions by the Collier County Supervisor of Elections office.

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  • Campaign supporters hand out literature at the Marco Presbyterian Church, Precinct 190, on Tuesday afternoon. Many people stumping outside the polls said a lot of voters appeared to have made up their minds well before walking in to vote, but that didn't deter supporters from turning out in droves to make one last entreaty to voters.
  • Supporters of the four anti-sewer candidates greet cars coming into the parking lot at Marco Presbyterian Church, the polling place for Precinct 190. They said the pace was a steady trickle throughout the afternoon.
  • The flow of voters to polls is a slow trickle Tuesday afternoon on Marco Island. But poll workers say the flow has been steady, and expect turnout to be high, reaffirming predictions by the Collier County Supervisor of Elections office.
  • Candidate Joe Batte greets supporters outside the Marco Presbyterian Church, Precinct 190, on Tuesday afternoon. Batte said he and fellow candidates were up as soon as polls were open this morning, making the rounds to greet voters and drop off bottled water to supporters.
  • A poll deputy measures out 100 feet from the poll entrance at Marco Presbyterian Church, Precinct 190. Poll workers took no chances Tuesday, strictly enforcing the rules barring anyone from campaigning within a certain radius of the ballot box.
  • Incumbent Candidate Bill Trotter chats with a supporter outside the polls at the Marco Lutheran Church Tuesday afternoon. Trotter was the only candidate running for re-election. Councilor Terri DiSciullo declined to run again, and Chair Mike Minozzi and Councilor Glenn Tucker were both term-limited.
  • Long-time friends Phil Castelnick and Ginni Gibson (no relation to candidate Jerry Gibson) chat outside the polling place for Precinct 193, the United Church of Marco Island. The two supported an opposed slate of candidates, but that didn't mean they couldn't socialize on election day.
  • Residents head to the polls at the United Church of Marco Island, Precinct 193. It was one of six polling places on the island, which contains seven precincts.
  • City Council and presidential supporters stand side by side at the United Church of Marco Island on Tuesday afternoon.
  • Zachary Halaschak, 13, stumps for Mike Huckabee outside the United Church of Marco Island during the final hours of polling on Tuesday. Carol Halaschak, his grandmother, said he has been highly involved in the election cycle this year, reading up on the candidates. 'He tried to get someone to take him to Tampa to meet [Huckabee], but no one would take him, ' she said with a laugh. Zachary is especially excited to support Huckabee for another reason, his grandmother said: her maiden name is also Huckabee.

Election Day photos from precincts around Marco Island on January 29, 2008.

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