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More than 156,000 early voting ballots cast

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — With early-sites open throughout the state in the Aug. 23 primary elections, more than 156,000 voters had cast ballots in person as of Monday morning.

Another 1.135 million people had voted by mail. Early-voting sites began opening early last week and were required to be open statewide starting Saturday. They will be open through this Saturday, with some counties also planning to open sites on Sunday.

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As of Monday morning, 156,192 people had voted at the sites, including 80,404 registered Republicans and 63,923 registered Democrats, according to the state Division of Elections website.

Democrats, meanwhile, were outpacing Republicans in voting by mail, by a margin of 528,808 ballots to 429,245. Jefferson County Supervisor of Elections Tyler McNeill said he expects the majority of votes in his county will be cast ahead of election day.

“We traditionally do really well with early voting,” McNeill said. “Between that and vote-by-mail, in the 2020 (election) cycle, nearly 60 percent of our voters voted either via vote-by-mail or early voting.

So, we anticipate a pretty heavy turnout.” More than 14.3 million Floridians are eligible to vote in the primary elections, with Republicans holding a registration edge over Democrats of nearly 229,000 voters.

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