More than 1 million ballots already requested for November election



More than 1 million ballots have been requested for the November general election, according to the state Division of Elections. Also, not every county supervisor of elections has filed a report on the number of ballots requested.

Counties have until Sept. 24 to send out vote-by-mail ballots to overseas service members and civilians, with the ballots going out to people in Florida starting the week of Oct. 4.

As of Monday afternoon, 433,008 vote-by-mail ballots had been requested by Republicans in Florida, 400,422 by Democrats, 169,192 by unaffiliated voters and 28,033 by people registered with third parties. In Pinellas County, 257,711 ballots had been requested, with Republicans holding a slight edge over Democrats.

In neighboring Hillsborough County, Democrats held a slight advantage among the 169,187 ballots requested. And in Broward County, Democrats had nearly doubled Republicans as 179,399 ballots had been requested. Supervisors from counties including Duval and Miami-Dade hadn’t submitted reports as of Monday afternoon.

Committee meetings set for lawmakers
House and Senate leaders Monday announced committees will meet in December, January and February as lawmakers prepare for the 2017 session, which will start March 7.

The House will hold committee meetings the week of Dec. 5 to Dec. 9, followed by the
Senate holding meetings the week of Dec. 12 to Dec. 16. In January, both chambers will hold committee meetings the weeks of Jan. 9 to Jan. 13 and Jan. 23 to Jan. 27. Both also will hold meetings the weeks of Feb. 6 to Feb. 10, Feb. 13 to Feb. 17 and Feb. 20 to Feb. 24.

Lawmakers also are expected to be in Tallahassee on Nov. 22 for an organization session after the elections.



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