There’s little doubt that tomorrow, with all 67 counties offering early in-person voting for the first time and more EIP votes and absentee ballots coming in today, Florida will have more than a million votes cast ahead of the March 15 presidential primary. As of today, with all the absentee and early in-person votes as of yesterday in the hopper, 897k votes had been cast. That’s 6.78 percent of the 13.2m registered voters in the Sunshine State. (I prefer to use the state’s total registered voters, and not just those categorized as “active” voters, as “inactive” voters may, and do, cast regular ballots. Indeed, some 1,123 inactive voters — those who haven’t cast a vote in the pat 4 years — have registered their vote in the primary election.)
Nearly 1/10 of the state’s 4.55m registered Republicans have cast a ballot, and 7.9% of the state’s 5.03m registered Democrats have done so as well.
Only 4% of registered blacks & 5% of registered Hispanics have cast ballots, compared to 8% or registered whites. There’s also an imbalance when it comes to the age of the electorate (nothing new in Florida elections): 1.4% of those registered who are under the age of 30 (as of February 16, 2016) have voted; 13.6% of those 60 and older have cast ballots. These numbers are skewed, as I’ve noted before, due to the fact that a much higher percentage of younger voters in Florida are registered as NPAs, and thus are shut out of the presidential primaries. In fact, 35.5% of Florida voters under the age of 30 are not registered with a party. If you don’t choose a party, millennials, you don’t have a voice in Florida’s closed primary system.