Florida early, mail voting tops 2014 primary levels; Republicans more engaged

The forest of candidate signs outside the Palm Beach County Elections Office means it’s early voting season. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

More Florida voters have cast mail-in ballots or gone to in-person early voting sites for the Aug. 28 primaries than did so for the 2014 primaries, the latest Florida Division of Elections statistics show.

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Reports posted this morning show 1,247,345 Floridians have already voted — topping the 1,214,193 who cast ballots ahead of the last midterm primaries in August 2014. And there’s still ample opportunity to vote before the traditional election day next Tuesday. In-person early voting ends on Sunday. Elections officials can receive mailed-in ballots through Tuesday.

Republican voters have been more enthusiastic than Democrats so far. There have been 583,960 ballots cast by Republicans, or 46.8 percent of all pre-election ballots, and 519,691 ballots cast by Democrats, or 41.8 percent of votes so far.

The Republican turnout advantage includes both mail-in ballots (450,402 to 389,046) and in-person early voting (133,558 to 130,645).

 

Author: George Bennett

George Bennett has been a Palm Beach Post reporter since 1992. He grew up in Bethesda, Md. and is a graduate of The George Washington University. Follow him on Twitter @gbennettpost

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