It’s Friday, March 11, 2016.
As of this morning, nearly 1.68m Floridians have cast ballots, including 1.09m absentee ballots and 588.6k early in-person ballots.
There are only 1 1/2 days of early in-person voting left for voters in 58 of the state’s 67 counties. The nine other counties will have eight hours of early voting on Sunday, March 13. After that, voters can cast their ballots on Election Day from 7am-7pm, or get their absentee ballots to their Supervisor of Elections by 7pm on that Tuesday, March 15.
As of this morning, Republicans have cast nearly 610k absentee ballots and 327k early in-person ballots. For their part, Democrats have cast over 456.5k absentee ballots and 244k early in-person ballots.
Here’s a tidbit of strategic voting going on… Some 6,000+ voters who cast requested and voted absentee ballots in the GOP presidential primary switched their party registration to Republican during the first 16 days of February. Most of them were NPAs, but a good chunk were Democrats. Among those Democrats who cast absentee ballots, more than 3,000 switched their registration to the Democratic party immediately before the registration deadline, including over 2,ooo NPAs and more than a few Republicans. I’m writing on this subject, so visit again in a couple of years when I finally post an academic paper on the topic of party switching!
For now, if you want the racial/ethnic and age demographics by party of those who have already voted early in-person or by absentee ballot, as well as the percentages of Republicans who skipped the 2012 PPP but who are voting this round, take a look at my previous (and now somewhat dated) posts. Sorry, but I’m no longer posting these breakdowns publicly, as too many of you have been using them without citing my efforts. But I’m happy to continue to make them available to those of you who work them into your stories. Just DM me on Twitter.