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More than 4.78 million Floridians have cast ballots as early voting ends

By: - November 7, 2022 10:45 am

Last fall amid the coronavirus pandemic, the League of Women Voters urged voters to register, update their signatures, and vote for the candidates of their choice, whether at the polls on Election Day, in early voting, or by mail-in ballot. Credit: League of Women Voters of Florida

Registered Republican voters in Florida have cast more ballots than registered Democrats going into Election Day, according to the latest numbers provided by the state’s Division of Elections website.

As of this morning, a total of 2,078,121 Republicans have cast ballots via early voting or vote-by-mail. Democrats have cast a combined total of 1,757,093 votes, a deficit of 321,028.

Non-party-affiliated and voters registered to other political parties have cast a total of 952,804 ballots. That’s a party breakdown of Republicans with 43% of the vote, Democrats at 37% and NPA/3rd parties at 20 %.

The lead in early voting has led Republicans to believe that they’ll have a big night on Tuesday, as historically, Democrats have led in the combined early vote/vote-by-mail race going into Election Day.

Another major sign of the GOP doing well on Tuesday comes from Miami-Dade County, where Republicans have outvoted Democrats in Miami-Dade by more than 6,000 votes, as of this morning. Joe Biden won Miami-Dade over Donald Trump by 7 points in 2020, and Hillary Clinton won the county by 29 points over Trump in 2016.

Early voting at the polls ended Sunday night across the state, with Republicans holding a 483,306 lead in that category.

Democrats have consistently led in vote-by-mail ballots cast, and currently have a 162,278 vote lead in that category. Voters who have requested a vote-by-mail ballot have until 7 p.m. Tuesday to get their ballot to their local supervisor of elections office.

Election day runs from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

Florida allows mail ballots to be processed and counted before Election Day, which allows it to post reporting results quicker than in many other states.

All told, more than 40 million Americans have already cast ballots nationally, according to the U.S. Elections Project.

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Mitch Perry
Mitch Perry

Mitch Perry has covered politics and government in Florida for more than two decades. Most recently he is the former politics reporter for Bay News 9. He has also worked at Florida Politics, Creative Loafing and WMNF Radio in Tampa. He was also part of the original staff when the Florida Phoenix was created in 2018.