Florida vote by mail update & early voting update for October 21st
Bottom Line: We're now just 13 days away from Election Day. That still seems somewhat hard to believe. 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 voted by mail
- Over 366,000 thousand have early voted
- Democrats have outvoted Republicans by 481,631 votes by mail
- Democrats have outvoted Republicans by 261 votes in early voting.
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. What’s more is they also hold a slight lead in early voting as well. It’s worth noting that 15 counties still haven’t begun early voting – with most being in Republican majority counties – still the early votes suggests there’s lots of enthusiasm among Democrats. With record numbers of votes by mail and early votes being casts and Democrats posting advantages in both – it's a meaningful storyline in the early going. Republicans will have to be far more competitive with in-person voting than what we’ve seen out of the gate if they’re to have success from the top of the ticket on down.
Here’s the party breakout of the total votes received in Florida:
- Democrats: 48%
- Republicans: 32%
- NPA’s & Others: 20%
To be continued...