Pinellas leads state as voters return more than 814,000 ballots
Florida voters returned more than 814,000 mail ballots through Thursday in advance of the upcoming presidential primary, and Pinellas County, the epicenter of voting by mail in the Sunshine State, is the statewide leader in returns among all 67 counties.
Pinellas voters have returned 92,032 ballots, with the two parties running almost neck-and-neck in returns. The county total includes 44,254 Republicans, 43,381 Democrats and 4,397 voters who are in minor parties or have no party affiliation.
Only party voters can cast ballots for president, but Pinellas also has non-partisan local elections in 11 cities on March 15 that are open to all voters.
Statewide, Republicans have returned 436,975 ballots through Thursday and Democrats have returned 359,130.
After Pinellas, the counties with the most returned ballots are Miami-Dade, with 83,838; Lee, 60,008; Hillsborough, 51,799; and Broward, 48,371.
Counties have mailed nearly 1.8 million ballots statewide, and Pinellas also leads in that category with 212,223.