TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) — Close to thirty percent of the state’s more than 12.8 million eligible voters have already cast ballots for the November 8th general election, with registered Republicans holding a slight edge over Democrats.READ MORE: Psychologist shares how to talk to your child about Texas school shooting
Nearly 1.8 million Floridians have taken advantage of early-voting sites across the state in the first of the two weeks the voting option was available, according to numbers posted early Monday by the state Division of Elections.
Almost 2 million other Floridians have submitted vote-by-mail ballots.READ MORE: New FBI report finds active shooter attacks on the rise
Voters from both major parties have returned more than 1.5 million ballots each, with Republicans ahead by almost 65,000 among vote-by-mail ballots as of early Monday. Democrats were up in early voting numbers by just over 55,000. Independents have returned more than 325,000 vote-by-mail ballots and cast over 300,000 early votes.
Floridians registered with third parties have accounted for nearly 50,000 vote-by-mail ballots and more than 40,000 early votes.MORE NEWS: MDPD: Miami Beach Senior High Teacher Arrested For Engaging In Child Pornography
The News Service of Florida contributed to this report.