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Ballots cast nears 3 million; early voting everywhere Saturday



Nearly 3 million Floridians have had their say in the 2016 race for the White House. The total votes cast stood at just shy of 2.9 million in the first reports posted Friday morning, with Republicans holding a steady advantage in mail ballots over Democrats.

A lot of people who could have voted by now have not, but they still have plenty of time to return their mail ballots.

More than 1.5 million mail ballots have not yet been returned. Where are they? Mostly in Miami-Dade (205,000); Broward (160,000) and Pinellas (136,000).

Early voting continues at a brisk pace. More Democrats than Republicans are voting early, but Republicans are very competitive in that category, too.

The early voting numbers will pick up beginning Saturday which is the first weekend of early voting as well as the first day of mandatory early voting in all 67 counties. Pasco and Bay (Panama City), both Republican, are the largest counties that have not yet begun early voting. Here are the others: Columbia, Dixie, Franklin, Gilchrist, Glades, Gulf, Hamilton, Hardee, Highlands, Lafayette, Madison, Suwannee, Union and Walton.

[Last modified: Friday, October 28, 2016 9:12am]


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