Florida vote by mail update & early voting update for October 20th
Bottom Line: Two weeks from today is Election Day. That still seems somewhat hard to believe. What a year it’s been. With early voting now underway in Florida – continuing daily from 7am-7pm through November 1st, the first in-person ballots cast by have now been voted in addition to the record setting number of votes by mail from to the start of early voting. Have Republicans started to bridge the gap now that they can vote in person or are Democrats continuing to runup the turnout score in-person as well?
In recent election cycles more Floridians had voted early than on Election Day or by mail. It remains to be seen if that will be the case after record requests with votes by mail. Speaking of which here’s where we stand with all votes by mail received as of Sunday.
- Over 2.6 million Floridians have already voted by mail
- 339,000 thousand votes early votes are accounted for
- Democrats have outvoted Republicans by 482,501 votes by mail
- Republicans have outvoted Democrats by 3,809
Democrats have successfully executed a strong vote by mail campaign flipping the script on Republicans who led in votes by mail in the 2016 election. Conversely, Republicans outvoted Democrats on day 1 of early voting in Florida, which is also the reverse of four years ago when Democrats held the advantage in early voting. Still, Democrats hold a large overall lead in votes cast in total.
Here’s the party breakout of votes received in Florida:
- Democrats: 48%
- Republicans: 32%
- NPA’s & Others: 20%
Two other notes about early voting. As of Monday only 52 of Florida’s 67 counties were open for early voting. With all of the largest counties, with the highest population of Democrats, open for early voting yesterday – this could portend better news for Republicans when the other 15 open for early voting.
To be continued...