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Every vote counts. Or at least that's what all of the buttons and bumper stickers have to say. But in 2012, President Barack Obama won the presidential election before Floridian's votes had even been counted.

To add insult to injury, that year, voters faced lines about four hours long on election day and more than six hours long during early voting.

This year, UCF's Barbara Ying Center will serve as an early voting site to help alleviate the long early voting lines.

"I think whether you're a Democrat or a Republican, all of us should be able to agree that voting should be something that everybody does," said Florida State Rep. Joe Saunders, a 2005 UCF alumnus. "And that the states and local government should make it as easy as possible for people to do."

The long lines in 2012 can be attributed to Florida State legislation that had passed in 2010 decreasing early voting hours and days, and limiting the places where early voting could be held. After Florida voters were outraged by the long waits, an election reform bill, led by Sen. Jack Latvala, passed that increased the places where early voting could be held, including at UCF.

Related: 2014 Florida midterm election guide

Both Orange County Supervisor of Elections Bill Cowles and President John C. Hitt wanted to have early voting at UCF, but at first couldn't decided on a location. Eventually Saunders, Cowles and Hitt sat down and decided on the Barbara Ying Center.

The center was chosen because it met a list of criteria that every early voting cite needs such as air conditioning, ample parking, access to the Internet and being available for every day of early voting

With early voting, any Orange County voter from any precinct can vote at an early voting site as long as they bring a proper ID, such as their Florida driver's license. If a student's election-day precinct is downtown, during early voting they can vote at the Barbara Ying Center.

For Saunders, the difference between early voting and voting on election day is flexibility.

"Student schedules are the most non-traditional of any voter," Saunders said. "You can go to class and during a break in your class you can pop over to the Barbara Ying Center and cast your ballot and go on about your day."

And despite the fact that this isn't a presidential election, Saunders said that it is still important for students to vote.

"I think there are some critical issues that are on this ballot," Saunders said. "I think the candidates on the ballot will help decide a large swath of issues, whether it's from gay marriage to tuition spikes, to UCF's funding to whether or not a million and a half people in this state get access to health care that don't have it right now."

If students are already registered to vote, but their address has not been changed to their Orange or Seminole County address, they can change it to making voting in this election easier. To cahnge their address and voting presinct, they can call either the Orange or Seminole County Supervisor of Elections office to change their address.

Orange County:

Alafaya Branch Library

Thru Nov. 2, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Barbara Ying Center

Thru Nov. 2, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Seminole County:

Oviedo Aquatic Center

Thru Nov. 2, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Sanford Elections Office

Thru Nov. 2, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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