Nearly 19,000 people voted early Thursday in Palm Beach County, topping the previous high set Wednesday for the 14-day event, which ends Sunday.
Thursday’s figure of 18,867 brings the total so far to 178,062, 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.
In all, 304,120 in Palm Beach County have cast ballots for the Nov. 8 election, either by early voting or by mail-in, through Friday morning, according to the Florida Division of Elections.
Nearly 5.3 million Floridians have either voted by mail or cast ballots at in-person early voting sites in advance of Tuesday’s election, according to this morning’s report from the Florida Division of Elections. That far 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, either early or by mail-in, Republicans have cast 2,093,586 ballots, or 39.74 percent, and Democrats have cast 2,091,753 ballots, or 39.71 percent. That’s a difference between the parties of 1,833 ballots or 0.03 percent of all the votes cast so far.
In Palm Beach County, according to state figures, for mail-ins, Democrats led 62,395 to 37,863. In state early-voting stats, which don’t exactly match those posted locally, Democrats led 83,410 to 50,650.
While early voting ends Saturday in most Florida counties, it runs through Sunday at Palm Beach County’s 15 sites, as well as in Bay, Bradford, Broward, Charlotte, Duval, Hillsborough, Leon, Miami-Dade, Orange, Osceola, Pinellas, Polk, Seminole, St. Lucie and Suwannee counties.