Live updates: It’s Election Day and the polls are now open. Follow us for coverage throughout the day

Frank Gluck
| Fort Myers News-Press

The News-Press will have journalists on the ground providing sights and sounds from the polls during Election Day. Follow us here for coverage. 

The polls will be open today from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. To find your polling precinct or to see a sample ballot, click here

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About 75 voters waited patiently in line on a beautiful but brisk morning just moments before the doors opened at Precincts 60 and 69 at the Estero Community Center recreation building.

Scott Raynor, asked why he waited to vote, said: “This is the day to do it!”

Raynor said his hope was that the day ends just as mellow as it started.

“The process has gone on for hundreds of years,” he said. “It works really well. It just comes down to agreeing to disagree.”

Still, Raynor said he could not understand the actions of those who would cause chaos or so confusion on a day like today.

“If you look around the world, we’re very fortunate,” he said.  – Michael Braun

For Lonnie Eberhard, the answer to why he voted on election day was a simple one: “Because my wife told me to!”

Both Lonnie and Susan Eberhard laughed at that response, but it seemed to underscore the Estero couple’s dedication to the political process.

“It’s just a sense of relief that it’s over,” Lonnie Eberhard added. “Moving on, turn the page, a new chapter.”

His wife was a bit more sanguine about what might transpire after today’s election is over.

“I’m concerned,” Susan Eberhard, wearing a pink Trump ball cap, said. “About certain people’s actions. I won’t behave poorly if the outcome isn’t what I want. But, I don’t trust others.” – Michael Braun

Some polling places had waiting voters, others were veritable election deserts.

That was the case at Precinct 125, ensconced in the Legacy Church off Corkscrew Road in Estero.

Asked why there were no lines at their Precinct, a poll worker responded with “We’re efficient!” – Michael Braun


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