Supervisor of Elections Glenda Williams reported average turnout and few problems at the polls on election day Tuesday. Voter turnout was 43 percent, about normal for an off-year election in Suwannee County.

There was a brief delay tabulating ballots cast at touch-screen voting machines due to an apparent software malfunction. The problem was solved within about 30 minutes, but the electronic votes had not been counted and verified by press time. Williams said the number of votes cast electronically was small and unlikely to affect the outcome.

Williams reported no problems at the polling places. "Things went the way they were supposed to," Williams said.

Voters made some major decisions at the polls Tuesday. County commissioners will now be selected on a county-wide basis. Voters can now only choose among candidates in their district. The issue has generated a certain amount of controversy in the county and the fallout from the decision is uncertain. However, NAACP President Sam Beasley said that vote will bring an NAACP lawsuit, and he will get with lawyers in Tallahassee today to begin the process. "There's nothing else to do (but file)," Beasley said.

In other races, Republican Charlie Crist easily defeated Democrat Jim Davis for governor among county voters, 6,337 to 3,405.

Incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson defeated Republican Katherine Harris 5,116 to 4,702.

Republican Bill McCollum beat Democrat Walter "Skip" Campbell 5,911 to 3,987.

Democrat Alex Sink edged Republican Tom Lee 4,853 to 4,715.

Incumbent Republican Charles Bronson easily defeated Democrat Eric Copeland 6,883 to 2,918.

Democrat Debbie Boyd narrowly defeated Republican David Pope 5,096 to 4,729.

And James Cooper beat Jane T. Lowe 1,071 to 957 for the District 4 School Board seat.

A total of 10,100 ballots were cast out of a total of 23,614 registered voters in Suwannee County.

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