Voting by mail underway for primary elections

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Nearly 900 ballots had been cast Monday for the Aug. 18 primary elections from the more than 3.5 million vote-by-mail ballots sent to Florida voters, according to numbers posted by the state Division of Elections.

Of the total, 392 ballots had been submitted by Republicans and 335 by Democrats. Another 20 ballots had been sent in by people registered with minor parties and 120 came from independents. Florida has 13.7 million registered voters. Democrats have been provided about 1.6 million vote-by-mail ballots, while Republicans have received about 1.2 million.

Another 33,582 have gone to third-party voters, and 677,037 have gone to independents.

Last month, Florida Secretary of State Laurel Lee issued assurances about the state’s absentee-ballot process.

“Our state, I believe, is very well-situated to have a secure and effective vote-by-mail process,” Lee told members of the Economic Club of Florida in Tallahassee.

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