Voting is off to a brisk start across Florida on primary day, with the 1.7 million ballots already cast through mail-in and early voting topping the levels of 2012 and 2014 elections, Secretary of State Ken Detzner said Tuesday.
In a conference call with reporters, Detzner said that no significant problems were being reported by the state’s 67 elections supervisors. Perhaps the most notable situation came in Miami Beach, where a polling place at the city’s botanical garden had to be moved a block away to City Hall, because mosquito-spraying was underway linked to the state’s outbreak of Zika virus.
While 1.2 million mail-in ballots combined with 538,000 early voters to put Florida’s primary returns ahead of the past two election cycles at this time, Detzner said he wasn’t predicting any kind of record turnout. The percent of voters casting ballots in the late-summer primary has ranged between 18 percent and 22 percent over the past decade, records show.
“It’s too premature for us to conclude any final turnout numbers,” he said.
Polls opened at 7 a.m. in both the state’s eastern and central time zones and remain open until 7 p.m. Results will start being reported by the state’s Division of Elections after polls close at 7 p.m. CDT — an hour later than when polls shut in the east.
The state has a voter assistance hotline at 866-308-6739.