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Democrats Cast More Early Ballots in Florida Than Republicans

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Despite the cutbacks in the number of days people are allowed to cast an early ballot, more than 4.5 million Floridians voted before Election Day. And a majority of those people are registered Democrats.

And the biggest day was the last day of early voting: a record 385,000 people cast a ballot. Whether that's because of rampant procrastination or worries that Gov. Rick Scott would not extend the early voting period - which he didn't - is a question mark.

Statistics from the United States Election Project show that 38 percent of registered voters have cast ballots and about half of likely voters have. There are still absentee ballots pouring in, as people are allowed today to drive up to selected elections offices and hand them in.

Nearly 43 percent of those voting early are registered Democrats, 39 percent are Republicans, and 18 percent have no party affiliation.

About 2.6 million in-person early votes were cast in 2008 over 14 days in Florida. This year, after the GOP-led Legislature and Republican Gov. Rick Scott cut the days to eight, it's 2.4 million.

Republicans do have an edge in one category, casting 79,000 more absentee ballots than Democrats. Democrats have cast 247,000 more in-person early votes.