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Elections office prepares for balloting

The Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office was testing voting equipment and mailing the last of absentee ballots this week in preparation for the Nov. 8 election.

Two jurisdictions will conduct polling on election day Tuesday — Holmes Beach, where voters will cast ballots at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Gulf Drive; and Anna Maria, where voters will cast ballots at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave.

In Holmes Beach, voters will elect three people to two-year terms on the city commission. The field includes three incumbents — Pat Morton, Al Robinson and David Zaccagnino. Residents Andy Sheridan and Jean Peelen also are running.

In Anna Maria, voters also will elect three people to two-year terms on the city commission. The field includes two incumbents — John Quam and Dale Woodland. Nancy Yetter and SueLynn also are running.

Polls will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

This week, the supervisor of elections office was conducting accuracy tests Nov. 1 and canvassing absentee ballots Nov. 4.

Canvassing of any provisional ballots would take place Nov. 10, two days after the election.

In 2012, Island voters may go to the polls as many as three times: The presidential preference primary is set for Jan. 31, 2012. The primary election is Aug. 14, 2012. The general election is Nov. 6, 2012.

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