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Higher early voting numbers in midterm election compared to four years ago

Posted: 6:28 AM, Nov 01, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-01 10:28:35Z

Lee County, Fla. -- Election Day is less than a week away and so far, more than 3.4 million Floridians have already voted.

New statistics released Wednesday by the State Division of Elections show registered Republicans still have the edge. Roughly 60,000 thousand more Republicans have voted early compared to Democrats.

Nearly 600,000 voters with no party affiliation have voted.

More than half of them voted by mail and the rest voted in person.

While early voting dropped off compared to 2016, election officials said that's not too surprising because voter turnout always drops off for midterm elections compared to Presidential election years.

There are more than 13 million registered voters in Florida.

So far, about 40% of registered voters, which is about 170,000 people, have cast their ballot in Lee County .

More than half of them are registered Republican.

However, that comes to no surprise because there are more GOP voters in Lee County than Democrat.

The same goes for Collier and Charlotte counties.

So far, more than 50% who've cast their vote are registered Republican.

For years, Southwest Florida has been mainly red.

Early voting ends on Saturday, Nov. 3rd, three days before Election Day. 

If you're voting by mail, you have until 7 PM on Tuesday, Nov. 6th to get it to the Supervisor of Elections office.