By Ted Scouten

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Ballots by the tens of thousands are shipping out of the Broward Supervisor of Elections Office heading to voters who asked to vote by mail.

“We have over 100,000 ballots going out. That’s higher than what we typically see in a primary,” said Broward Supervisor of Elections Dr. Brenda Snipes.

Snipes said their office has been very busy lately with ballot requests. They hope they stay busy through the November election.

“Are you noticing that there’s just more just attention to elections this cycle,” asked CBS4’s Ted Scouten.

“This cycle? We hope that attention turns into actual votes. We don’t want it to just be everybody getting energized and excited about what they see on television on the media. We want them to transfer that to a ballot,” said Snipes.

As those ballots are loaded onto the post office truck, Director of Voter Services  Mary Hall and the rest who’ve prepared them fell a personal stake.

“It was the democracy of the life we live. It is part of what we do and to go and vote shows that you care for all the ones that died before us and gave us that right,” said Hall.

Just because ballots are loaded up and heading out, that doesn’t mean that the job of the election office is done.

They’re going to follow those ballot all the way to the post office.

“We want to make sure the ballot reach the post office and that every voter that requests a vote by mail ballot receives as ballot,” said Hall.

With a Florida Highway Patrol escort and a parade of election officer workers, they headed to the post office in Opa-Locka for processing.

If you want your absentee ballot to count, it has to be in by 7 o’clock on election night. If you can’t get it through the mail, you’re able to just simply drop it off.

Click on the corresponding links for more information on each county: Miami-Dade, Broward, Monroe. For statewide voting information, click here.

Ted Scouten

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