Ballots cast top 3 million statewide


File photo: Supervisor of Elections Wesley Wilcox, left, looks on as an Election worker counts ballots on Election Night at the Marion County Election Center in Ocala, Fla. on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. [Bruce Ackerman/Ocala Gazette] 2020.

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Posted November 1, 2022 | Staff report

More than 3 million, almost 21% of registered Florida voters, have cast ballots in the Nov. 8 elections, with Republicans continuing to have an edge over Democrats, according to data posted Tuesday morning on the state Division of Elections website.

The data showed that 1,993,982 people had voted by mail, while 1,031,811 had gone to early voting sites. Registered Republicans had cast a total of 1,295,316 ballots, while registered Democrats had cast 1,157,952. Unaffiliated voters had cast 531,235, while third-party voters had cast 41,290. While Democrats led in voting by mail, Republicans had a 252,000-voter advantage over Democrats in people who went to early voting sites.

According to the website for the local Supervisor of Elections Wesley Wilcox, 58,554 ballots have been cast to date, on trend with the state’s 21% registered voters participation rate. So far, 38,538 have voted by mail, while 20,016 have gone to early voting sites. Local registered Republicans have cast a total of 29,115 ballots, while registered local Democrats had cast 20,081. Unaffiliated voters had cast 8,645, and third party voters have cast 713.  Marion County Republicans currently have a 9,034 voter advantage over Democrats.

All counties are required to offer early voting through Saturday, with 18 extending early voting to Sunday.

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Florida News Service contributed to this report.