Early voting turnout is 4 percent in the August 30 primaries, a figure that was mirrored in the three-county area, according to the Florida Division of Elections’ figures released August 28.
The numbers are bound to increase once all primary votes are cast – either early, by mail or in person. Total turnout in the 2012 primary elections – also a presidential election year – was 20.5 percent, still considered low.
The final day of early voting is Sunday, August 28, until 7 p.m..
For the early vote end of day Saturday, August 27, elections data show that 494,925 cast ballots across Florida, about 49 percent Republican and 44 percent Democrat.
In Orange 4 percent of Democrat voters turned out to vote in the primaries, while the figure was even lower – 3.3 percent – for Republicans.
In Osceola thus far, 3.8 percent of Democrat voters have cast a ballot and 4 percent of Republicans.
Seminole turnout has been higher, with 5.4 percent Republican versus 4.2 percent for Democrats.
Tuesday, August 30, is the final day for voting the Florida primaries either in person or by mail.
Here’s the breakdown for early voting in the three-county area:
Democrats 13,736 (59 percent of total early vote)
Republicans 7,011 (30 percent)
NPAs 2,192 (9 percent)
Democrats 3,003 (57 percent)
Republicans 1,821 (34 percent)
NPAs 421 (8 percent)
Republicans 5,841 (55 percent)
Democrats 3,870 (36 percent)
NPAs 875 (8 percent)
˜˜Maria Padilla, Editor