By The News Service of Florida
Nearly 23 percent of Florida’s 14.5 million registered voters had cast ballots as of Wednesday morning in next week’s general election. Data posted on the state Division of Elections website showed that 3,304,040 voters had cast mail-in ballots or gone to early voting sites.
In all, 1,426,017 Republicans and 1,249,122 Democrats had cast ballots. Also, 583,663 unaffiliated voters and 45,238 third-party voters had cast ballots.
The most vote-by-mail ballots had been returned in Miami-Dade, Pinellas and Palm Beach counties, while Miami-Dade, Broward and Duval counties led in early voting.
“We are expecting substantial turnout here in Leon County and across the state,” Leon County Supervisor of Elections Mark Earley, the president of a statewide supervisors association, said. “We are here to serve the voters, and we are very happy that they are taking part.”
All counties are required to offer early voting through Saturday, with 18 extending early voting to Sunday. Polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday.