WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Florida is likely to be a photo finish in the presidential race. Voter registration is now over in Palm Beach County, which is typically home to more Democrats than Republicans. But, as history has shown, there is no telling what voters will decide until election night.
Sign language from Lantana's David Pagan was being interpreted by his mother, Ines, outside the county Supervisor of Elections office on Tuesday evening.
"I'm registered to vote and I will vote this year," signed David. In life, David often feels the odds are stack against him.
In the voting booth, he has a much different feeling. "He feels that when he votes, that he feels strong and powerful because of his choice, his choice for president," his mother interpreted.
Pagan is among Palm Beach County's nearly 860,000 registered voters. Several thousand more were said to be registering at the right up until Tuesday's 7 p.m. deadline.
"There's always a mad dash for the deadline," said Susan Bucher, Supervisor of Elections. "And even the off-presidential years, we see a tremendous activity on the last day."
County numbers, as of Tuesday morning according to the elections website, are as follow. 381,918 people had registered as Democrats. 246,846 had registered as Republicans. Meanwhile, 230,732 were registered but not affiliated with either party.
In total, 18,729 more voters registered as of Tuesday compared to the total number of Palm Beach County registered voters during the 2008 election.
In this election, the county's younger voters seem to dominate. More than half a million voters are under age 55. Only 390,000 are older, including West Palm Beach's Anna Grossman. "I definitely want to vote and make a decision and I will talk to some people before I make that decision," said Grossman.
Pagan, 37, said he cannot wait to perform his civic duty in just four weeks. "When you're in the booth, everybody's the same and it's equal and you've got a right to vote," he said.
The Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections says her office anticipated an additional three to five thousand voter applications coming in on Tuesday alone, making potential turnout for the election higher than in recent years.
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