Latest Partisan and Racial/Ethnic Breakdown of Vote-by-Mail in Florida

As of this morning, here’s the received mail ballots by party, with a daily comparison with 2012.  More here.


Not surprisingly, whites are far exceeding racial and ethnic minorities in the share of absentee ballots that have been returned as of this morning’s reporting period.

Of the 885.7k ballots received, 76.5% have been cast by white voters.  87% of the 369k Republicans who have voted are white; roughly 10% of Republican ballots have been cast by Hispanics and less than 1% by blacks.

Slightly more than 66% of the 357k Democrats who have voted are white.  So far, Hispanics have cast 17% of Democratic ballots and blacks another 12%.

Perhaps the biggest story is that women are far exceeding men in the vote-by-mail ballots that have so far been returned: 55% of all ballots have been cast by women and 44% by men, with the remainder cast by those whose gender is not reported.

Geographically, Miami-Dade leads the way, accounting for over 10% of all VBM cast. Another 9% come from Broward, and Palm Beach accounts for 7% of all VBM cast. The other top VBM counties are Hillsborough 6.5% Orange 6%; Pinellas another 5%; and Duval 4.6%.

My colleague, Mike McDonald, is mapping Florida VBMs by county in 2016 relative to the 2012 totals, here.