MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Absentee ballots have been going out for weeks and the return rate could be foreshadowing a record turnout on Election Day.
In Miami-Dade County, a total of 253,406 absentee ballots have been mailed out through October 25. So far, 102,934 of the ballots mailed out in Miami-Dade County have been returned, or more than 40 percent.READ MORE: Police Confirm 'Remains Of Female Found' In Search For Missing Andreae Lloyd
Monroe County Elections officials told CBS4 Friday that a total of 7,699 absentee ballots have been returned to the County.READ MORE: Groups Slam Florida Over Removal Of Anti-Bullying Resource
Traditionally, absentee balloting has favored the Republican Party. In 2008, John McCain led Barack Obama by roughly 16 percent in absentee balloting at this point in the campaign. This year, Mitt Romney leads Obama by roughly 5 points in absentee ballots returned.
Early voting, which starts Saturday, has historically broken in favor of the Democrats. That’s why the Obama campaign is feeling confident about its numbers in Florida if the absentee ballot numbers hold up through election day.MORE NEWS: Jurors Recommend Death Penalty For Markeith Loyd In Orlando Police Killing Case
Still, according to the New York Times’ Nate Silver’s forecast model, Romney has a 65 percent chance of carrying the state of Florida on November 6.