Pinellas, Miami-Dade set pace as 2.4 million await mail ballots
On the day before the first big wave of mail ballots heads to Florida mailboxes, voters in Pinellas and Miami-Dade are setting the pace: Nearly 2.4 million Floridians have requested mail ballots so far, according to figures posted Monday on the state Division of Elections web site.
The statewide total, 2,386,898 to be exact, represents nearly one of every five voters in the state. It's the latest sign that voting by mail will be the most popular of the three methods of casting ballots in Florida in the Nov. 8 presidential election.
Through the weekend, 265,883 voters in Pinellas have requested mail ballots. Miami-Dade is a close No. 2 with 262,324 requests. The next three counties in mail ballot requests are Broward, Hillsborough and Orange.
A trend continues as more Republicans than Democrats are seeking mail ballots. The GOP requests total 1,033,100 or 43 percent, compared to 896,180 of 38 percent for Democrats, plus another 399,949 requests by voters with no party affiliation and 57,669 from minor party voters.