The turnout so far: How many Marion County voters, by party, have voted early or by mail?

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There is less than a week left to the end of the 2022 primary election. Marion County residents are now mailing ballots to the county elections office, while others are heading to several early voting sites around Marion.

So, what party is leading the charge in casting votes so far? At the end of the day Tuesday, the actual votes cast by Republicans and Democrats are about even, though a higher percentage of registered Democrats have voted so far.

Key information: Marion County voter's guide to the 2022 primary election

Wesley Wilcox, Marion County's supervisor of elections, displayed a sample ballot to use to test ballot machines in 2018.
Wesley Wilcox, Marion County's supervisor of elections, displayed a sample ballot to use to test ballot machines in 2018.

Here are the stats:

  • There are 266,967 registered voters and 27,820 have cast a ballot for the Aug. 23 primary, a total voter turnout so far of 10.42%.

  • VoteMarion.com revealed at the end of the day Tuesday that 12,653 Republicans have voted so far. That means 10.2% of the 123,919 Republicans have cast their votes.

  • The site revealed at the end of the day Tuesday that 11,997 Democrats have voted so far. That means 15.3% of the 78,455 Democrats have cast their votes.

  • The site showed at the end of the day Tuesday showed that only 3,170 "other" voters (2,906 independents and 264 other party) have cast ballots. That is only 4.9% of the 63,593 voters in that category.

Wesley Wilcox, Marion County supervisor of elections, predicted last week that less  than 32% of Marion County voters will cast ballots in the Aug. 23 primary. Wilcox said that 31.9% voted in the 2018 off-year primary.

Early voting continues through Saturday.  More details at https://www.votemarion.gov/EarlyVoting.

Mail ballots must be returned to the elections office by 7 p.m. Aug. 23.

Joe Callahan can be reached at (352) 817-1750 or at joe.callahan@starbanner.com. Follow him on Twitter @JoeOcalaNews.

This article originally appeared on Ocala Star-Banner: Election 2022: What party leads in votes cast so far in Marion's primary?