Chasing absentee ballots
Is that pesky Democratic boycott of Florida's presidential primary likely to dampen D turnout Jan. 29? Not from the looks of absentee ballot voting so far. Check of the following numbers compiled by the Democratic party, which is making a real push to start catching up the the Republicans' longstanding - and critical - absentee ballot efforts:
Statewide 377,540 absentee ballots have been requested (354,135 have been mailed): D: 145,711 (39%); I: 47,773 (13%); R: 184,056 (49%).
Statewide 75,115 absentee ballots have been returned: D: 31,228 (42% of total returned, 21% of total D ballots requested); I: 8,214 (11% of total returned, 17% of total I ballots requested); R: 35,673 (47% of total returned, 19% of total R ballots requested).