Early voting starts Monday in 24 counties

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NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

Voters in 24 of Florida’s 67 counties will be able to cast ballots at designated polling places starting Aug. 15, according to the state Division of Elections.

Early voters wait in line to vote via absentee ballot outside the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections office in suburban West Palm Beach on Nov. 5, 2012. Florida’s primary is Aug. 30 and the general election is Nov. 8.(SCOTT FISHER/SUN SENTINEL/TNS)
Early voters wait in line to vote via absentee ballot outside the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections office in suburban West Palm Beach on Nov. 5, 2012. Florida’s primary is Aug. 30 and the general election is Nov. 8.
(SCOTT FISHER/SUN SENTINEL/TNS)

Early voting for the Aug. 30 primary is mandated from Aug. 20 through Aug. 27, but county supervisors of elections have the discretion to begin sooner and to keep early-voting locations open on Aug. 28.

Duval, Orange, Miami-Dade, Hillsborough and Palm Beach are among the counties that will open early voting locations – typically libraries, elections offices, government buildings or community centers – on Aug. 15.

Other dates
Other counties that will have facilities open that day are Baker, Bradford, Calhoun Charlotte, DeSoto, Flagler, Gadsden, Hendry, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Lake, Levy, Liberty, Monroe, Okeechobee, Santa Rosa, Taylor and Washington.

Sumter County will open early voting on Aug. 16, and Putnam County will follow on the Aug. 17. Clay and Dixie counties begin early voting on Aug. 18, and Alachua, Citrus and Nassau counties begin on Aug. 19.

As of Monday morning, 279,134 voters had returned completed “vote-by-mail” ballots, 131,445 by Republicans, 108,593 by Democrats, 6,736 by people registered with minor parties and 32,360 by people without party affiliation.

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