Pinellas voters make case for their presidential choice

People wait in line to vote at a Largo polling place on Election Day (WFLA)

LARGO, FL (WFLA) — Up early on Election Day, dozens of people stood in line in Largo before the polls opened, eager to cast their ballots and make their voices heard.

“If we don’t vote, then our decisions are made for us,” said Cyndi Hamed, who stood outside a Largo polling precinct, imploring voters to vote yes on Amendment Two.

By all accounts, this looks like a typical election with signs and slogans, but this campaign cycle has been anything but.

The 2016 race has prompted lifelong Democrat Paula Presley to vote on the other side of the ticket for Trump.

“I’m all for second chances, but the Clintons have had their chances,” said Presley.

Tiko Delgado has voted Republican his entire life, but is seeing blue this year for the very first time.

“It’s almost like we have bent over backwards to help the Republican party for all these years and then this guy comes out and starts talking crap about Latinos,” Delgado said of the Republican nominee.

If it is blue or red, Clinton or Trump, yes or no- every vote counts, especially here in battleground Florida.

“Obviously, this is a very close election, when you look at the numbers and the stories. I hope that would motivate people to understand that their vote is important,” said Jason Latimer, the communications director for Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections, Deborah Clark.

Close to 78,000 people in Pinellas County cast ballots during Florida’s early voting period. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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