More than 4 million Floridians already have voted

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

In eight days of early voting in Palm Beach County in the 2012 election, 124,896 people participated.

Through Monday night, totals for eight days of early voting for this year are just shy of that, at 124,030, according to unofficial figures from the county’s Supervisor of Elections.

The difference: this year is set for 14 days and six days of voting remain.

Statewide, through either early voting or mail-in, more than 4.1 million people already have cast ballots for the Nov. 8 election, In Palm Beach County, the total is 224,782.

According to Florida Division of Elections figures posted Tuesday morning, of those submitting mail-in ballots statewide, Republicans stayed ahead of Democrats, 865,187 to 793,105. In early voting, they trailed Democrats 783,416 to 839,572.

State mail-in figures for Palm Beach County show Democrats lead GOP voters 50,954 to 30,159. Early-voting stats, which don’t exactly match those posted locally, show 59,498 Democrats and 35,264 Republicans.

 

 

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.

 

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.

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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.

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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/.

Palm Beach County Elections chief: Avoid storm; vote early or mail in

Elections officials and politicians Wednesday urged people to get in early voting or submit mail-in ballots because of the threat of a tropical storm or hurricane affecting South Florida this weekend or early next week, including perhaps Election Day.

“Our voting equipment has been deployed to the 461 polling locations. If a storm hits, there may be some polling places that will be impacted but certainly a minimum number,”Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher said Wednesday morning.  

“We will be urging our voters to take advantage of Early Voting,” Bucher said in an email. “We are also encouraging voters with vote-by-mail ballots to mail them back to us as quickly as possible.”

Palm Beach County voters are approaching the 15,000 mark after five days of the 14-day early voting event for the Aug. 30 election,  according to the Supervisor of Elections.

Patrick Murphy arrives to vote early in Florida’s primary election at the Palm Beach County Gardens Branch Library Wednesday morning, August 24, 2016.(Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)
Patrick Murphy arrives to vote early in Florida’s primary election at the Palm Beach County Gardens Branch Library Wednesday morning, August 24, 2016.(Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)

 As of Tuesday night, 14,782 people had voted early at the 15 locations. Tuesday was the biggest single day so far, with 1,970 voting.

Today also is 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.

To read more, go later to mypalmbeachpost.com.

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Slightly fewer voted on third day of early balloting in Palm Beach County

CqJlWCEXYAENxuHThe number of Palm Beach County participating in early voting for the Aug. 30 election was slightly lower Wednesday than it had been Monday and Tuesday, the first two days of the 13-day event, according to the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections..

The 1,664 voting Wednesday brought the total so far to 5,390. The total was 1,862 Monday and 1,864 Tuesday.

In nine days of voting in March, 54,092 voted, nearly 9,500 of those in the first two days alone, but that was on a Saturday and Sunday, and that election included the presidential primary.

Early voting operates from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Aug. 28. Palm Beach County voters are choosing candidates in 22 contested local, state and national races.

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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More than 3,700 have done early voting so far in Palm Beach County

For a second straight day, more than 1,800 people in Palm Beach County participated in early voting for the Aug. 30 election, according to the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections..

That brings the total to 3,726 for the first two days of a 13 day window, operating from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Aug. 28. Palm Beach County voters are choosing candidates in 22 contested local, state and national races.

In nine days of voting in March, 54,092 voted, nearly 9,500 of those in the first two days alone, but that was on a Saturday and Sunday, and that election included the presidential primary.

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.

  • Get the candidates’ background and views in their own words in The Post’s exclusive Know Your Candidates online guide, pbpo.st/kycp2016.
  • EXCLUSIVE ELECTION COVERAGE
  • KNOW YOUR CANDIDATES GUIDE
  • One in a series about all races and referendums on Palm Beach County’s Aug. 30 ballots. Series will run daily through Sunday, the day before the start of early voting in the county.
  • Get all The Post’s Aug. 30 election coverage at myPalmBeachPost.com/2016primary
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