The Florida GOP primary isn’t until next Tuesday, but almost a quarter of the votes have already been cast.
By the end of the day Wednesday, 447,587 Republicans had voted either by absentee ballot or by early voting, according to the Florida Division of Elections.
Of the 447,787 Republicans who’ve already voted, 283,125 cast absentee ballots and 164,462 voted at one of the early voting polling sites.
Early voting in most Florida counties was reduced this year from 14 to eight days to comply with Florida’s new election law. But it remains a popular option, with polling places set up at a more limited number of locations than on Jan. 31. More than 35,000 Florida Republicans voted yesterday alone using the early voting option.
Of 529,374 absentee ballots requested, 283,125 had been received. Absentee ballots must be received by the end of the day on Jan. 31 to be counted.
Florida has 4,063,853 registered Republicans. In 2008, a total of 1.95 million Republicans voted in the state’s GOP primary.
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