Early voting in Florida surges past 2014 totals

Pat Wise
November 3, 2018

"This is the first time we're going to have a presidential-type vote, where you're going to see the majority of voters casting their ballots early", said Hector de Leon, spokesman for the clerk's office. Turnout during presidential election cycles is typically much higher than for midterms.

Yet election officials say it's not clear whether prepaid postage is driving increased turnout this year.

Over 3 million people have already voted by mail and returned their ballots, or voted early.

"What we're seeing is very high levels of engagement on both sides in the competitive elections for governor and Senate", McDonald told the Washington Post. The race between Republican Dino Rossi and Democrat Kim Schrier has drawn considerable interest, spurring millions in campaign spending. "That's unusual - and they're still coming in".

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The county operates 46 early voting locations, and more than 700 polling places will be open Tuesday.

But voters living elsewhere still have plenty of important choices to make. Republican Kevin Hern faces Democrat Tim Gilpin in the race for U.S. House District 1. Postmark dates don't count.

All voters who vote in person must provide identification.

So get out there and vote.

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