TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami) — More than 720-thousand Floridians have already cast ballots at early voting sites for the Nov. 3 general election.
Added to the nearly 3 million vote-by-mail ballots already cast statewide, that means more than 3.7 million of the state’s 14.4 million voters have already participated in the election in which Florida is a key battleground between Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.READ MORE: Should Miami Police Chief Art Acevedo Keep His Job? Survey Sent To Hundreds Of Police Officers
According to the Florida Division of Elections, 720,968 Floridians have voted early, with 279,968 by Democrats and 321,007 by Republicans. Unaffiliated voters account for 111,675 and third-party voters cast 8,318.
In Miami-Dade and Broward counties combined, 140,772 people have already cast their ballots.
In Miami-Dade, the total is 85,317. That included 35,383 Democrats, 21,799 Republicans, and 18,135 coming from unaffiliated or third-party voters.
In Broward County, the total number of early voters is 55,455. Democrats cast 31,033 ballots, Republicans cast 14,493 and 9,929 ballots were cast by unaffiliated or third-party voters.
In the meantime, nearly 3 million vote-by-mail ballots have already been returned in Florida.
Statewide, voters had cast 2,954,359 mail-in ballots, with 1,428,664 by Democrats and 900,828 by Republicans.
Another 589,892 ballots had been cast by unaffiliated voters, while third-party voters had cast 34,975.
More than 2.9 million provided vote-by-mail ballots had not been returned yet. There are more than 1.2 million ballots in the hands of Democrats and more than 900-thousand with Republicans.
In Miami-Dade and Broward counties combined, 466,164 votes had been cast by mail, while another 995,719 had not been returned yet.
In Miami-Dade, voters had cast 270,337 mail in ballots, with 133,253 by Democrats and 67,861 by Republicans.READ MORE: Hey, South Florida, Look Before You Sit! Beware Of Iguanas In The Toilet!
Another 69,223 ballots had been cast by unaffiliated and third party voters.
382,574 ballots, requested by voters, had not been returned yet. More than 160-thousand Democrats had not returned them yet, nor had 101-thousand Republicans.
In Broward, voters had cast 273,417 mail in ballots, with 168,167 by Democrats and 45,385 by Republicans.
Another 59,865 ballots had been cast by unaffiliated and third party voters.
585,271 provided ballots had not been returned yet. More than 333-thousand had been sent to Democrats and more than 105-thousand to Republicans.
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Elections officials anticipate many counties will have more than 60 percent of the anticipated turnout completed before Nov. 3.
With early voting now underway, early voting sites are an option for submitting your ballot. There are secure drop boxes at all early voting sites where you can drop your vote-by-mail ballots instead of putting it in the mail.
Saturday, October 24 is the deadline to request a vote-by-mail ballot.
Request a ballot through your county supervisor of Elections website. Immediate family members or guardians can request a ballot for someone else. A voter’s signature is required and must match the signature on file.
Vote-by-mail ballots must be received by your county supervisor of Elections by 7 p.m. on Election Day.MORE NEWS: Biden Administration Facing Questions Over Troubling New Images From Southern Border
- Request a Vote-By-Mail ballot in Miami-Dade
- Request a Vote-By-Mail ballot in Broward
- Request a Vote-By-Mail ballot in Monroe
With its 29 electoral votes, Florida is crucial to both candidates. No Republican has won the presidency without winning Florida since Calvin Coolidge in 1924.