More than 18,000 people voted early Wednesday in Palm Beach County, marking the largest one-day total after the first 10 days of the 14-day event and bringing the total so far to nearly 160,000, according to overnight statistics from the county’s Supervisor of Elections.
That compares to a total of 124,896 locally in eight days of early voting in the 2012 election.
Through Thursday morning, nearly 4.9 million Floridians, nearly 280,000 of those in Palm Beach County, have voted early or by mail for the Nov. 8 election, according to the Florida Division of Elections.
That already surpasses the 4.8 million who voted before Election Day in 2012, according to state figures. In 2012, 3.8 million voted on Election Day itself.
Statewide, of those mailing in this year, Republicans led Democrats 949,527 to 874,500. But of those voting early, Democrats have passed the 1 million mark, leading GOP voters 1,061,740 to 998,599.
In Palm Beach County mail-ins, Democrats led 59,687 to 36,137. In state early-voting stats, which don’t exactly match those posted locally, Democrats led 75,066 to 45,481.
Early voting runs through Sunday at 15 sites around the county.
To see a sample ballot for your races, or for more information, contact the elections office at 561-656-6200 or visit www.pbcelections.org.