November has arrived. Voters keep voting in Florida as turnout soared past the 3.7 million mark on Wednesday.
In Panama City's Bay County, where a long, slow recovery continues in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, nearly 24,000 people had voted through Wednesday for a turnout rate of more than 20 percent so far.
Bay County Supervisor of Elections Mark Andersen is operating five large regional early voting sites. On Friday he will offer early voting for a day at Mexico Beach City Hall.
Statewide, Republicans maintain an overall advantage in ballots cast with 41.8 percent, compared to 40 percent for Democrats and the rest cast by independents.
Having already exceeded the total early and vote-by-mail turnout in the last off-year election in 2014, Florida now takes aim at the overall 2014 turnout that was slightly above 6 million voters.
The delivery of mail ballots reached the 2 million mark for the first time on Wednesday. Early in-person voting stood at just short of 1.7 million.
Almost the same number of Democrats and Republicans visited early voting sites Wednesday. There were 77,755 Democrats and 77,047 Republicans.