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Mail ballot requests approach 3 million in Florida



As of Thursday morning, Florida Republicans had cast nearly 84,000 votes, Democrats nearly nearly 78,000, and others 30,000

Nearly 2.7 million Florida voters have been sent mail ballots for the presidential election, according to figures posted Thursday on the state Division of Elections web site. That's nearly one of four registered voters in Florida.

The state's figures, based on reports from all 67 counties, show slightly more Republican voters than Democrats have asked for mail ballots. But the top five counties, ranked by ballot requests, are Miami-Dade, Pinellas, Broward, Orange and Hillsborough, and all five voted Democratic in the last presidential election.

Around the state, there are a few anomalies out there, too. For example, Pasco is a reliably red county, and a place where Donald Trump has to do well if he's to have any hope of winning Florida, but slightly more Democrats than Republicans in Pasco have returned their mail ballots.

[Last modified: Thursday, October 13, 2016 2:14pm]


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