As of yesterday, February 24, 2016, more than 433,000 Floridians have cast ballots. As others have undoubtedly reported, Republicans have cast more than 224k absentee ballots, with Democrats casting more than 196,000. Voters registered as NPAs and independents have cast the balance of ballots, but obviously not in either the Republican or Democratic primaries, which are closed only to registered voters.
As a percentage of the electorate, slightly less 5% of registered Republicans and 4% of Democrats in the state have already cast their lot for a presidential nominee.
Among the Republican absentee voters thus far, most ballots have been cast by white voters — nearly 197k of the 22k cast. Hispanic voters who are registered as Republicans have only cast 20.5k absentee ballots, just 9% of the total ballots cast by Republicans.
On the Democratic side, 143.6k of absentee ballots have been cast by white voters (72.9% of the ballots cast thus far); black voters have cast more than 28k absentee ballots (14.4% of the total) in the Democratic primary, and Hispanics just 18k.
It should be noted that not all of the absentee ballots cast to date will count. Some 4,483 absentee ballots (2,261 cast by Republicans and 1,958 cast by Democrats) have already been flagged by the state’s 67 county Supervisors of Elections as having “voter error.” Many of these will ultimately be “rejected as illegal” by the county’s Canvassing Board. Still another 2,615 absentee ballots (1,156 cast by Republicans and 1,378 cast by Democrats) are languishing in SOE offices, as their envelopes lack the registered voter’s signature on the envelope.Voters still have some time (by 5 pm on Election Day) to “cure” absentee ballots with no signatures on the envelopes.
Updates to follow….