Perhaps heeding authorities’ pleas to get it in ahead of this weekend’s possible tropical weather, more than 2,000 people, the largest total so far, took part Wednesday in early voting in advance of Tuesday’s election, according to the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections.
The total of 2,048 brought the grand total as of Wednesday evening to 16,830. Early voting runs through Sunday.
At the state level, the Florida Division of Elections’ Thursday morning totals show 303,767 people voted early, and 1,308,507 have requested mail-in ballots, with 1,027,347 already having turned them in. Of the ballots requested, the breakdown was 525,070 Republican, 499,763 Democrat, 33,973 “other,” and 249,701 “no party.”
The National Hurricane Center has said the system in the eastern Caribbean has an 80 percent chance of becoming a tropical storm by Monday.
On Thursday, Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner, who oversees the Florida Division of Elections, said that “although it is too premature to determine if voters will be impacted by adverse weather conditions, I am in constant contact with Governor Scott, the Division of Emergency Management, and Supervisors of Elections. Any updates that have the potential to impact Florida voters will be immediately communicated.”
Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher has said her office has a contingency plan and if any polling places are unusable, the law allows for last-minute switches to backup sites.
Live noon Q&A with Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher:
Wednesday was the last day to request a mail-in ballot be mailed to you, although voters can pick up ballots in person up to Election Day. For your vote to count, your signed ballot must be received by 7 p.m. Tuesday at the main office, or by 5 p.m. Tuesday at branch offices.
To see a sample ballot for the Aug. 30 vote, or for more information, contact the elections office at 561-656-6200 or visit www.pbcelections.org.
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