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Rush is on to vote early

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There's no single reason why people vote early.

"I work full time two separate jobs," said Spyder Prime of Tampa.

"I think people want to get ahead of the rush," said Lawrie Carpenter Staples of Tampa.

"I didn't know how crowded it's going to be on election day I wanted to make sure I got this done," said Angela Pearsell of Temple Terrace.

But it's clear that in Hillsborough County there are more people doing it.

"We still have a day left to go yet however the numbers that we're seeing right now we're definitely planning on surpassing the numbers from 2008," said Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Spokesman Travis Abercrombie.

This despite new rules this year that cut the amount of days people can vote early in Florida from 14 days to eight.

The lines outside the Jimmie B. Keel library early voting site confirm the numbers are up.

Some waited more than 30 minutes to vote for their favorite candidates, but most weren't bothered by the wait.

"No it's worth it. It's my future, I can wait a half an hour for my future," said Carpenter Staples.

Thursday night election officials say people waited in line some two hours after to polls closed to cast their ballot.

Abercrombie says there's a reason early voting numbers are up.

"We have more registered voters in Hillsborough County but there's also a lot of excitement that we've seen around this general election," said Abercrombie.

Saturday is the last day voters can head to the polls early and election officials urge voters to come prepared.

They say have a valid photo ID with you.

They say it's also a good idea to fill out your sample ballot at home and copy your choices onto your official ballot.

That will cut down on the wait.

A wait that many voters don't seem to mind.

"This is important, this is an important election and I need to make sure my candidate wins," said Pearsell.

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