More than 150,000 already voted in Palm Beach County; 2.86 million statewide

Early voting Friday at Hagen Ranch Rd. branch
Early voting Friday at Hagen Ranch Rd. branch

Between early voting and mail-in, more than 150,000 people have cast ballots so far just in Palm Beach County.

Just the 66,176 Palm Beach County early voters, reported through Thursday by the Supervisor of Elections, represent more than half of the 124,896 who voted early in 2012.

Statewide, according to the Florida Division of Elections, more than 2.86 million used one of the two pre-Election Day options as of Friday morning.

Of mail-ins submitted statewide, Republicans still led Democrats 731,713 to 679,326, with “other” or “no party” voters accounting for the rest.

Of the 1.12 million Floridians who did early voting, GOP voters trailed Democrats 439,845 to 477,636.

Statewide figures show that for Palm Beach County, which leans Democrat, those voters led Republicans in submitted mail-ins 43,482 to 25,361.

In early voting — state figures don’t exactly match those posted locally — it was 18,741 Republican and 32,390 Democrat.

More than 50,000 voted early or by mail in Palm Beach County; nearly 21.5 million statewide

102516-pbc-early-voting-4 The number who already have voted in the Nov. 8 election, by either early voting or mail-in, is nearly 2.5 million in Florida and nearly 50,000 in Palm Beach County, stats show.

Palm Beach County’s three-day total of 49,714, as reported by the Supervisor of Elections, already is more than a fourth of the 124,896 who participated in eight days of early voting for the November 2012 general election.

For all three days,  the highest volume among the 15 early-voting sites has been the Hagen Ranch Road Palm Beach County Library branch, west of Delray Beach, which by itself accounts for 11 percent of all early voters.

The Florida Division of Elections’ mail-in and early-voting figures, as of midday Thursday, show 2.47 million people already have used one of the two pre-Election Day options. Another 1.65 million ballots were requested but not yet turned in.0

Among mail-ins submitted statewide, Republicans still outnumber Democrats, 677,907 to 631,672, But among those voting early, the GOP trails 336,299 to 370,809.

The state’s figures for Palm Beach County, which don’t exactly match those posted locally, show Republicans trailing 23,662 to 40,955 in mail-ins and  13,905 to 24,748 in early voting.
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Second day of early voting in Palm Beach County as robust as first

102516-pbc-early-voting-4102616ev102616ev01Nearly as many people voted on Tuesday, the second of 14 days of early voting in Palm Beach County for the Nov. 8 election, as voted on Monday, according to preliminary stats from the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections.

The two-day total of 32,936 — 16,592 Monday and 16,344 Tuesday — already is more than a fourth of the 124,896 who participated in eight days of early voting for the November 2012 general election.

Topping the 15 early-voting sites Tuesday continued to be the Palm Beach County Library Hagen Ranch Road Branch Library,  west of Delray Beach, with 1,787, a little fewer than the 1,923 who voted Monday.

The Florida Division of Elections’ mail-in and early-voting figures, as of midday Wednesday, show nearly 2.1 million people already have used one of the two pre-Election Day options.

The state figures show a partisan split. Of mail-ins submitted, Republicans outnumber Democrats 609,290 to 573,748. In early votes already cast, the GOP trails 225,962 to 256,593.

The state’s mail-in figures for blue-leaning Palm Beach County show 36,244 Democrat and 20,735 Republican. Its early voting figures for Palm Beach County, which, at 32,495, don’t exactly match those posted locally, are 9,023 GOP and 16,694 Democrat.

To read more, go later to mypalmbeachpost.com.

 

 

 

Nearly 17,000 took part in first day of early voting

102516-pbc-early-voting-4early1024116In a hint of a dramatic turnout in the the Nov. 8 election, nearly 17,000 people cast ballots Monday, the first of 14 days of early voting in Palm Beach County, according to an unofficial box score from the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections.

The total of 16,592 already represents more than half the 28,865 who cast ballots in 14 days of early voting for the Aug. 30 vote, and nearly a third of the 54,092 who did so in nine days of early voting for the March primary.

It’s more than the 15,525 who voted early on the first of eight days for the November 2012 general election and accounts for 13 percent of the total of 124,896. If the pace were to continue, the 14-day early voting total this year would be 232,288.

Pundits have forecast that as many people will vote  before Nov. 8 as on Election Day, doing so either by mail-in ballots or via early voting, which started Monday in Palm Beach County and runs through Nov. 6.

As was the case in the March and August primaries, the biggest turnout of the 15 early voting sites on Monday was at the Hagen Ranch Road branch county library west of Boynton Beach, where 1,923 showed up.

According to the Florida Division of Elections, as of midmorning Monday, nearly 2 million mail-in ballots statewide remained outstanding, and more than 1.2 million already had been turned in. Of those submitted, Republicans held a 503,632 to 483,019 edge. In Palm Beach County, 117,838 were out and 60,051 had been submitted; of the latter, Democrats in the blue-leaning county outnumbered GOP voters 30,980 to 17,664.

 

Vote-by-mail ballots to be sent out Friday for military/overseas, Oct. 7 for all else

Early voting at Jupiter Community Center Thursday, August 18, 2016. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)
Early voting at Jupiter Community Center Thursday, August 18, 2016. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)

Vote by mail ballots for the Nov. 8 general election will be sent out Friday for registered voters who requested them and are in the military or living overseas, and Oct. 7 for everyone else, the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections said this week.

The deadline to ask that a ballot be mailed to you is 5 p.m. Nov. 2.

All ballots must be returned by Election Day at 7 p.m. at the main office or 5 p.m. at satellite offices.

Early voting runs from Oct. 24 to Nov. 6.  Sites are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m . Bring a current picture or signature ID.

For more, call 561-656-6200 or visit www.pbcelections.org.

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Bonlarron to offer his two cents on one-cent sales tax hike

Politicians conduct listening tours. Over the next month, Assistant Palm Beach County Administrator Todd Bonlarron is heading up a talking tour.

Bonlarron, tapped by County Administrator Verdenia Baker to lead the county’s effort to educate voters on the proposed sales tax increase, is coming to a library near you.

He won’t just be talking sales tax, though. A flier from the county’s library system notes that Bonlarron will discuss ballot initiatives dealing with the homestead tax exemption, solar power and medical marijuana.

State law forbids Bonlarron or any other county official from making overt political arguments, but there is no law against telling voters how the county plans to spend its portion of the roughly $2.7 billion the sales tax increase is expected to generate over the next 10 years.

Bonlarron is scheduled to hit two library branches on Thursday – the Jupiter Branch at 2 p.m. and The Acreage branch at 6:30 p.m. He’ll be at the Lantana Road branch at 3 p.m. on Friday, and he’ll resume the tour on Wednesday with a 1 p.m. stop at the West Boynton Branch.

Voters are encouraged to pre-register and can visit the system’s web site to find out when Bonlarron is scheduled to visit a branch in their area.

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Candidates for county commission to attend Economic Forum event

Candidates competing in three Palm Beach County Commission races are scheduled to participate in an event hosted by the Economic Forum of Palm Beach County Wednesday at the Kravis Center’s Rinker Playhouse in West Palm Beach.

Commissioner Hal Valeche and Tony Bennett, competing to represent District 1, Dave Kerner and Sean C. Hogan, the candidates in District 3, and Commissioner Mary Lou Berger and Taniel Shant, vying to represent District 5, are all expected to participate in a forum.

Randy Schultz, former editorial page editor of The Palm Beach Post, will moderate the discussion.

The forum will also introduce Mack Bernard, who will represent District 7 after defeating Commissioner Priscilla Taylor and a pair of other candidates on August 30.

A meet and mingle begins at 11:30 a.m., with the forum/luncheon starting a half-hour later.

Reservations are $70 for non-members and $50 for members and their guests. For more information, contact Jon Kline at 561-373-5488 or 561-622-9920.

Mack Bernard, middle,  greets guests at an election party at Revolutions at City Place Revolutions at City Place West Palm Beach Tuesday August 30, 2016. ( Meghan McCarthy / The Palm Beach Post )
Mack Bernard, middle, greets guests at an election party at Revolutions at City Place Revolutions at City Place West Palm Beach Tuesday August 30, 2016. ( Meghan McCarthy / The Palm Beach Post )

 

Elections office: Palm Beach County turnout was just 19.2 percent

Early voting at Jupiter Community Center Thursday, August 18, 2016. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)
Early voting at Jupiter Community Center Thursday, August 18, 2016. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)

Last week, Palm Beach County’s elections chief predicted a 20 percent turnout for Tuesday’s vote. She actually  had been a bit optimistic.

Total voting — in person on Tuesday, early, or by mail — was 167,497, according to data from the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections.

That’s 19.2 percent of the 872,061 registered to vote.

The breakdown: 84604 voted Election Day, 54,029 used mail-in, and 28,865 voted early.

Supervisor Susan Bucher had given the 20 percent figure even as she predicted an 80 percent turnout for the high-profile Nov. 8 election, which will include the presidential vote.

Florida Division of Elections statistics weren’t immediately available Wednesday. The division has said turnout statewide was 18 percent in the 2014 primary.

Bucher, who was up late Tuesday night with the voting tabulations, couldn’t immediately be reached Wednesday.

To read more, go later to mypalmbeachpost.com.

Nearly 30,000 did early voting in Palm Beach County

Early voting at Jupiter Community Center Thursday, August 18, 2016. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)
Early voting at Jupiter Community Center Thursday, August 18, 2016. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)

In early voting for Tuesday’s election, which ended Sunday, 28,899 people participated, according to the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections.

That’s nearly double the 15,785 who voted in an eight-day event August 2012 but a little more than half of the 54,092 who took part in early voting in nine days in March, which included the presidential primary.

Palm Beach County voters today will choose candidates for state, county and local offices in 14 nonpartisan races, 11 Democratic primaries, four Republican primaries, one Libertarian primary and two universal primaries. The universal primaries in this case are the Democratic primaries for public defender and state Senate District 29. Also on the ballot is a referendum on a state constitutional amendment for an alternative energy tax credit and ballot questions for voters in Boca Raton, Loxahatchee Groves and Wellington.

To see a sample ballot for today’s vote, or for more information, contact the elections office at 561-656-6200 or visit www.pbcelections.org.

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Nearly 3,000 did early voting Friday; last chance is this weekend

Cqoq_VDXEAARiSs.jpg largeEntering the last weekend of 14 days of early voting in Palm Beach County, voters Friday had their biggest turnout so far, with nearly 3,000 casting ballots for next Tuesday’s election, the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections said.

Friday’s total of 2,963 brought the grand total as of Friday evening to 22,190. That already is more than the 15,785 who voted in the eight-day early-voting vent in the August 2012 primary, supervisor Susan Bucher said Thursday.

The 14-day event ends Sunday.EarlyVote0826

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, Election Day, at the main office, or by 5 p.m. Tuesday at branch offices.

To see a sample ballot, or for more information, contact the elections office at 561-656-6200 or visit ww.pbcelections.org.

For more information about early voting, including locations, visit mypalmbeachpost.com/august-early-voting/.