Early Voting Off and Running in Nearly Half of Florida's Counties
With nearly 1 million votes already cast by mail for the Nov. 6 general election, early voting got underway Monday in almost half of the state’s counties, including three recently ravaged by Hurricane Michael.
Counties throughout Florida are required to begin offering early voting on Saturday, but they had the option to start earlier in the week. The election also will include early voting on some college campuses, after a legal fight about the issue.
“A lot of students have limited resources when it comes to voting,” Florida State University senior Kathryn Casello, president of the Campaign to Keep Guns off Campus at the school, said Monday. “Some of them might not have cars. Some of them might not feel comfortable going somewhere they might not have been before.”
U.S. District Judge Mark Walker in July struck down a state policy he called “ham-handed” that barred early-voting sites on college and university campuses.
Besides Florida State University, early voting also began Monday at the University of North Florida, the University of West Florida, the University of Florida and Miami Dade College’s North and Kendall campuses.
In all, 31 of the 67 counties started early voting Monday, including Calhoun, Gadsden and