First ballots for presidential election in Florida already in the mail
Election day is already here for thousands of Floridians.
While most of the focus of the presidential election will be in Iowa and New Hampshire over the next week, the election is already underway in Florida as well. Over the weekend, supervisors of election in all 67 counties in Florida began mailing out presidential primary ballots to Florida voters who are living overseas or are stationed on military bases outside of the United States.
State law requires election officials to ship out overseas ballots 45 day before an election, to assure those voters can get their ballots filled out and mailed back in time to be counted. For Florida's March 15 presidential preference primary, that deadline to be mailed was on Saturday.
Next week, starting on Feb. 9, supervisors of election will start mailing out domestic absentee ballots.
Voting by mail has become increasingly popular in Florida. In the 2012 presidential election, more than 2 million people in Florida voted by mail in the general election. In fact, more people voted using absentee ballots or early voting (a total of 4.7 million) than those who voted on Election Day at a traditional precinct (3.8 million), according to the Florida Division of Elections.