PANAMA CITY, Fla. - The first day of early voting is off to a big start in Bay County. Record numbers of people are heading to the polls early to cast their vote before the November 8th general election. There are ten days until then, but some voters are eager to have their voice's heard.
"My family and I came out to vote today early because we thought it was important that our vote gets counted," said Tony Citrigno, one of thousands who cast their vote on the first day of early voting.
From the presidential race to proposed constitutional amendments, early voters wanted to have a say.
"We voted for Trump because of the supreme court situation. He is pro-life, he will protect our second amendment," said Citrigno.
"As a health care professional I do believe strongly on the medical marijuana. I do believe that it's been proven to be advantageous to people," said early voter Vicki Malloy.
In fact, a record number number of Bay County voters cast ballots Saturday when early voting in the county opened. The day brought in around 8,000 Bay County voters, which is more than double the amount the county has seen during previous elections.
"So far it's a first day record as far as starting out an early voting day. It's been very very heavy," said Supervisor of Elections Mark Andersen.
He also says high number of early voters could ultimately mean a smoother November 8th election day.
"Well as far as election day we're already prepared for election day and we're ready to go with whatever the volume will be. But if this keeps up, it will make the day a whole lot easier to be managed," said Andersen.
It's not just early voting that's had a high turnout. More than 13,000 mail in votes have already been cast, making the 2016 election one for the books.
Four polling locations will be open every day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. until November 6th. They are the Supervisor of Elections Office, Springfield Community Building, Panama City Beach Senior Center, and the Lynn Haven City Hall Annex.
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