Strong early voting turnout in Lee and Collier County
NAPLES-The August Primary is almost a week away, but it looks like many voters are casting votes early or filling out an absentee ballot.
More than 5,000 people have already gone to the polls in Collier County to cast an early vote and the numbers continue to climb. Collier County's 7 polling stations have been open for early voting for the past week.
"Usually the 2nd week of early voting is stronger than the first week," said Tim Durham, Chief Deputy of the Collier County Supervisor of Elections.
Early voting turnout can be tracked on the Supervisor of Elections website. As of 3:30pm on Monday, early voting turnout is past 5,300. The number exceeds the totals we saw for both the 2010 and 2008 primaries after a week of early voting.
"One thing you have is the Congressional 19 race which is highly competitive. There are 6 very credible candidates," said Durham.
Collier County also has 3 Commissioner seats up for re-election.
"District 1, 3, 5. It is Commissioner Fiala, Commissioner Coletta and Commissioner Henning.
All 3 are in the race and on the primary ballot," said Durham.
Lee County numbers are looking good too. As of 1pm on Monday, more than 950 people have voted
since the polls opened on Saturday. The busiest location is the South Branch Office off of US 41 in Fort Myers.
The convenience of early voting seems to be catching on.
"It use to be everything was election day and the trend is for that to diminish over time and early voting is very convenient," said Durham.
Early Voting for the August Primary begins July 30th and ends August 11th and is offered Monday
through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.