Vote-by-mail totals increase as early voting nears in Florida

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Nearly 660,000 vote-by-mail ballots have been cast in the Aug. 23 primary elections, with in-person early voting starting soon, according to data posted on the state Division of Elections website.

Of the 659,589 vote-by-mail ballots returned as of Thursday morning, 290,846 had come from registered Democrats and 257,885 from registered Republicans.

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Another 8,301 had been returned by people registered with third parties, and 102,557 were cast by people without party affiliation. About 3.4 million additional vote-by-mail ballots had been distributed but not returned.

Of that amount, 1.5 million had been distributed to Democrats and 1.06 million had gone out to Republicans. In-person early voting is required to be offered from Aug. 13 to Aug. 20, while a number of counties will open early-voting sites on Monday.

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