Florida has already had Arizona-size turnout as in-person early voting approaches

As early voting begins Monday, more than 1.1 million Floridians have already voted by mail.

As early voting begins Monday, more than 1.1 million Floridians have already voted by mail.

More than 1.1 million Florida voters have already cast ballots for the 2016 election — and that number is likely to ramp up dramatically when in-person early voting begins Monday across the state.

 

Saturday morning's vote-by-mail statistics from the Florida Division of Elections.

Saturday morning’s vote-by-mail statistics from the Florida Division of Elections.

The 1,109,115 Floridians who have already returned mail-in ballots (according to this morning’s Division of Elections tally) exceed the 2012 vote total from 17 states and the District of Columbia.

 

With more than two weeks remaining before the Nov. 8 election, Florida’s turnout is already roughly comparable to the total 2012 turnout from Arizona (1.07 million), Utah (1.02 million) and Nevada (1.01 million).

 

Returned Florida ballots so far include 463,959 from Republicans (41.8 percent of vote-by-mail ballots) and 443,502 from Democrats (40 percent). That would seem to give a slight edge to Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton, but Republicans in Florida have historically dominated voting by mail while Democrats traditionally outperform Republicans in in-person early voting, which begins Monday.

 

In-person early voting runs from Monday until Nov. 6, the Sunday before election day. In Palm Beach County, there are 15 early voting sites  open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day where any county voter can cast a ballot. On election day itself, voters must vote in their home precincts.

 

Since 2008, the number of Floridians voting by mail or at early-voting sites has exceeded traditional election-day turnout. In 2012, more than 2.3 million Floridians voted by mail and more than 2.4 million cast ballots before election day at early voting sites. More than 3.7 million Florida voters went old-school and voted on election day in 2012.

 

 

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