Brett Murphy reporting from precinct 202:
The line outside Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church slowed to a trickle around 9 a.m., as people parked and moved in and out of the polling station with efficiency. Next door, construction workers hammered and drilled like they would on any other day.
Poll workers said they had as many as 300 voters pass through in the early morning hours. "A civil, efficient group," one noted.
Diane Sweet, 55, seemed more passionate about a marijuana legalization bill, Amendment Two on the ballot, than she did the two presidential candidates. "My husband recently died of cancer," the North Naples resident said, recalling his final months of struggling with chemo symptoms without medicinal marijuana. "So we just had to go out and get it ourselves," Sweet added. "And we're not even pot smokers."
She said legalizing marijuana would also likely help curb prescription painkiller addiction, which has in recent years swept through the country claiming overdose regularly in cities and across suburbia.
John Marshall, 68, walked out of the polling station and through the parking lot at a brisk clip, coffee cup in hand. "Oh, I went Trump," he said without hesitation. "I voted for the possibility of change in Washington."
But he wants to see consistency here in Florida with a Republican Senator. "I want to maintain how it is," Marshall explained before jumping into his car.