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How many Floridians have voted so far in the November 2020 election?

With more than 4 million votes cast already, Democrats outnumber Republicans.

Hannah Morse
Palm Beach Post
An elections office worker empties ballots from a dropbox Oct. 5 outside the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Office as voters flocked to the site to drop off their vote-by-mail ballots.

Florida voters have cast more than 4 million ballots ahead of the Nov. 3 election, setting the stage for record-setting turnout in the middle of a pandemic.

Of the 5.9 million vote-by-mail ballots requested, nearly 3.4 million have been returned to local elections offices as of Friday in the hotly contested presidential race between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. As of Thursday, 1,391,692 voters cast their ballots in person in 53 of 67 counties.

More than 14 million Floridians are registered to vote.

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Democrats have cast the most vote-by-mail ballots in Florida, with 1.6 million followed by Republicans with 1,041,525, no party affiliation voters with 687,692 and voters with other party affiliations casting 40,483 ballots.

Florida voters can request ballots to be mailed to them until 5 p.m. Oct. 24. Vote-by-mail ballots can be requested after that, even on Election Day, but they must be picked up in person.

More Democrats than Republicans — 2.64 million vs. 1.84 million  — have requested vote-by-mail ballots.

Ballots can be returned in the mail or dropped off at the county elections office, official ballot drop boxes or at early voting locations, which is available Oct. 19 through Nov. 1.

In Palm Beach County, more than 60% of the 470,350 vote-by-mail requests have been returned. Almost three times as many Democrats than Republicans have cast their ballot by mail, or 157,603 vs. 61,007. More than 69,000 Palm Beach County ballots had been cast in person, as of 8:30 a.m. Friday. 

In all, more than 34% of the over 1 million registered voters in Palm Beach County have voted.

Election Day is Nov. 3.

By the numbers

In-person early voting

Counties with the highest total early voting turnout

  • Miami-Dade: 159,881
  • Broward: 107,306
  • Duval: 96,239
  • Hillsborough: 88,345
  • Orange: 73,108

Counties with the highest Republican early voting turnout

  • Miami-Dade: 61,273
  • Duval: 38,353
  • Hillsborough: 35,846
  • Broward: 30,084
  • Brevard: 27,112

Counties with the highest Democratic early voting turnout

  • Miami-Dade: 61,548
  • Broward: 55,998
  • Duval: 45,703
  • Orange: 36,959
  • Hillsborough: 36,006

Counties with the highest no party affiliation early voting turnout

  • Miami-Dade: 35,296
  • Broward: 19,991
  • Hillsborough: 15,397
  • Orange: 13,848
  • Palm Beach: 12,964

SOURCE: Florida Division of Elections as of Oct. 23.

Vote-by-mail

Counties with the most vote-by-mail requests

  • Miami-Dade: 662,381
  • Broward: 585,440
  • Palm Beach: 470,350
  • Hillsborough: 415,792
  • Pinellas: 400,735

Counties with the most returned vote-by-mail ballots

  • Miami-Dade: 328,269
  • Broward: 315,011
  • Palm Beach: 283,429
  • Pinellas: 236,631
  • Hillsborough: 234,606

Counties with the greatest rate of vote-by-mail requests returned

  • Lafayette: 69.5% of the 817 vote-by-mail requests
  • Indian River: 68.3% of the 52,363 vote-by-mail requests
  • Lee: 68.2% of the 249,632 vote-by-mail requests
  • Collier: 67.3% of the 119,949 vote-by-mail requests
  • Charlotte: 66.7% of the 66,692 vote-by-mail requests

Counties with the most Republican-returned vote-by-mail ballots

  • Miami-Dade: 83,605
  • Pinellas: 78,236
  • Lee: 71,452
  • Hillsborough: 66,033
  • Palm Beach: 61,007

Counties with the greatest rate of Republican vote-by-mail requests returned

  • Lafayette: 69.4% of the 501 Republican vote-by-mail requests
  • Lee: 68.1% of the 104,893 Republican vote-by-mail requests
  • Indian River: 67% of the 22,041 Republican vote-by-mail requests
  • Calhoun: 66.7% of the 667 Republican vote-by-mail requests
  • Holmes: 66.6% of the 1,612 Republican vote-by-mail requests

Counties with the most Democrat-returned vote-by-mail ballots

  • Broward: 191,934
  • Miami-Dade: 158,788
  • Palm Beach: 157,603
  • Hillsborough: 115,049
  • Pinellas: 106,963

Counties with the greatest rate of Democrat vote-by-mail requests returned

  • Lee: 72.3% of the 82,330 Democrat vote-by-mail requests
  • Indian River: 72.1% of the 18,914 Democrat vote-by-mail requests
  • Collier: 71.4% of the 35,851 Democrat vote-by-mail requests
  • Charlotte: 71.1% of the 24,104 Democrat vote-by-mail requests
  • Sarasota: 71% of the 67,986 Democrat vote-by-mail requests

Counties with the most no party affiliation returned vote-by-mail ballots

  • Miami-Dade: 82,533
  • Broward: 67,229
  • Palm Beach: 60,688
  • Hillsborough: 50,464
  • Pinellas: 48,730

Counties with the greatest rate of no party affiliation voter vote-by-mail requests returned

  • Lafayette: 68.3% of the 41 no party affiliation vote-by-mail requests
  • Citrus: 64.7% of the 8,866 no party affiliation vote-by-mail requests
  • Indian River: 64.6% of the 10,524 no party affiliation vote-by-mail requests
  • Collier: 63.4% of the 25,587 no party affiliation vote-by-mail requests
  • Lee: 63.1% of the 59,380 no party affiliation vote-by-mail requests

SOURCE: Florida Division of Elections as of Oct. 23.

Visit this link to find your county's supervisor of elections website.

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