Panama City, FL –
BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WMBB) – More than 30,000 Bay County residents officially voted for the 2020 general election as great voting sites opened in the area and other surrounding counties.
“The enthusiasm for early voting is the strongest it has ever been in the past,” said Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis. “It’s exciting to see people exercise their right to vote and show that they care.”
From 7 a.m., queues started to form outside the polling stations; Throughout the day, several groups held events to celebrate the start of in-person voting.
The Trump Victory team held a rally at Sharon Sheffield Park to watch the live broadcast of President Trump casting his own vote in West Palm Beach, as well as to mobilize voters for the president. Heads of state like Patronis and Congressman Neal Dunn were also in attendance.
“This is the turning point for the leader of the free world,” Patronis said. “Donald Trump has done so much.”
“We all want our economy to come back,” he said. “Now is the time and this is the way to do it, so I am voting for Trump.”
Across town, Cay County residents supporting former Vice President Joe Biden marched across the Hathaway Bridge to show their support.
“We really want a change, we want a return to decency and courtesy,” said Alvin Peters, director of the Biden Victory Center and co-host of ‘Bridgin’ for Biden. “Hopefully that’s what comes out of this election.”
“We can’t spend another four years with the current person in the White House,” said Doreen Long, event attendee.
However, locals vote for more than the president, such as local policies, government officials, and state constitution amendments.
Groups at Glendale hosted a “Walk-the-Vote” event to encourage people to learn the ballot and get out and vote, whatever they choose.
“Vote however you want, but come vote,” said Mechelle Grady, CEO of NuGulf Coast Choir, who has made it her personal mission to teach young people the importance of voting and respecting others. opinions even if they differ from his own beliefs.
“When someone doesn’t agree with your point of view in life, be kind, considerate, respectful of that person’s feelings and opinion,” she says.
The super vote will continue daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. until election day. Click here to find the location closest to you. Click here for information on unofficial voter turnout.