Reporting Tim Kephart
FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – The numbers are already starting to trickle in on early voting and absentee ballots in the state of Florida.
In South Florida, Broward County has released some of their early voting numbers and they might not quite be what Republicans may have hoped to see.
According to the Broward County Supervisor of Elections Office, roughly 4,647 early votes have been cast through Thursday.
In Miami-Dade County, approximately 14,971 early votes had been cast through Thursday, according to the Miami-Dade County Elections Department.
Early voting in Miami-Dade picked up on Monday and has increased almost every day since.
The West-Dade Regional Library early voting site has seen the most votes cast this week, with roughly 2,022 voters hitting the polls early.
Early voting started last Saturday across the state and will continue through 6 p.m. Saturday at most early voting locations, which you can find by clicking here.
While the early voting numbers may not be that high, Broward is seeing a much better return rate on absentee ballots.
According to the Broward SOE, 37,411 absentee ballots were originally requested and through noon Friday, 18,999 have been sent back, or roughly 51 percent.
In Miami-Dade County, 61,752 of 132,671 absentee ballots have been returned to the elections department, or roughly 47 percent.