Early voting begins in Hillsborough, Miami-Dade as mail ballots keep pouring in

At the current pace, most voters will have cast ballots by the time polls open on Election Day, Aug. 28.
Setting up equipment for early voting in Hillsborough [Hillsborough Supervisor of Elections Office]
Setting up equipment for early voting in Hillsborough [Hillsborough Supervisor of Elections Office]
Published Aug. 13, 2018|Updated Aug. 13, 2018

The second phase of primary voting begins Monday as Florida counties begin offering up to two full weeks of early voting.

The biggest counties to begin early voting are Miami-Dade, Hillsborough and Palm Beach. The others include Bradford, Calhoun, Charlotte, DeSoto, Duval, Franklin, Gadsden, Hendry, Jefferson, Levy, Liberty, Monroe, Okeechobee, Santa Rosa and Taylor.

More counties will open early voting centers Tuesday and by Saturday, all 67 counties must be providing early voting. The last day of early voting in some counties is Sunday, Aug. 26.

During early voting, voters can vote at any site in their county of residence. Dates, times and location vary by county.

Miami-Dade has 20 early voting sites. Hillsborough has 19, and they are all open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Florida's pattern of lackluster primary turnouts makes it impractical for some counties to offer more than eight days of early voting, according to some supervisors of elections.

At the same time, voting by mail is growing in popularity.

Here's the full list of all counties' early voting schedules. They are listed alphabetically by county.

Early voting has traditionally been more popular with Democratic voters, though the two parties were nearly even in the last midterm primary four years ago. Republican voters favor voting by mail.

Two years ago, in Florida's presidential election, Democrats complained that some counties did not offer enough early voting.