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HIALEAH (CBS4)-Polls in Miami-Dade County have been open for hours, but not many voters turned out Tuesday morning.

Voters who came to cast their vote at a Hialeah precinct said they were concerned that the same momentum seen in the recall election has dwindled.

“I think it’s very slow and I don’t think this community is taking this very serious,” voter Dorothy Williams said.

Voter Cynthia Edwards said people should voice their opinion by voting.

“There is much money being spent for this special election that a lot of people went out to do,” Edwards said. “They should be out here today voting, and if things don’t go like they want…sometimes it’s because there is not a turnout.”

While it’s still early and uncertain who will become the county’s new mayors, one thing voters know for sure is that they want change.

“I hope somebody decent comes up finally for the first time in this county,” voter Manuel Herrera said.

Voters have eleven candidates to choose from, including county mayoral candidate Luther Campbell, who was accompanied by his wife and young son. Campbell showed up to vote at the Hialeah precinct.

“I am the only candidate in this race, and I’ve been saying it for the longest, that’s getting people to vote across racial lines,” he said. “That’s never happened in the history of Dade county politics.”

And history would certainly be made if Campbell wins. He may be the first county mayor elected after Miami-Dade’s historic recall election in March where voters ousted mayor Carlos Alvarez, and Campbell would be the first African American mayor.

Polls close at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

For more information, including voting precincts in your area and a look at a sample ballot, click here.

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