Early voting starts next month in U.S. election

Cheryl Sanders
August 31, 2016

As primary voters prepared to head to the polls Tuesday, the two leading candidates for Florida's U.S. Senate seat were already looking forward to the general election in November.

Early results from the state Elections Office showed Rubio ahead with 71 percent of the vote.

The primary - get it? - difference between Tuesday's vote and that in March is which voters are eligible to cast a ballot.

Duval County Supervisor of Elections Mike Hogan said there are may items on the primary ballot that should interest voters. That year 2.34 million voters cast ballots in the primary.

Florida law requires all voters to have a signed ID card with them, such as Florida driver's licenses and state IDs.

Recorder Christine Rhodes' office reported 14,466 early ballots had been received and processed as of Monday morning, representing about 48 percent of the 30,172 ballots that were mailed out or picked up.

"These numbers have also surpassed vote by mail and early voting totals for the 2012 and 2014 primary elections respectively, said Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner".

Registered Democrats were asked to pick between five names on the ballot in the race for United States Senator. "About 15% of Democrats, mostly older Democrats, usually vote for the Republican nominee for president". They still lead today, but it's smaller than at any time since November 2007, according to the Pennsylvania Department of State.

That means, those of us who have not done the research about the candidates and the issues, and ballot items, have a last chance to vote with their senses as well as their emotions. Then, if it checks out, your vote will be counted. He says his office is one of the most friendly and efficient in the county. "We're getting people to embrace the Republican Party and actually become full members". If you are not sure of where it is, you can use this locator from the Florida Division of Elections. That percentage is significantly lower than previous elections and below what county officials have estimated. In a nonpartisan race, if no one receives more than 50 percent, there is a runoff between the top two vote getters.

Voters also must have proper identification to cast a ballot.

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