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The entrance to the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections Office in downtown Gainesville earlier this month at the beginning of early voting. Residents in many Florida counties have until Nov. 5 to vote early. (Ramsey Touchberry/WUFT News)

Early Voting By The Numbers In North Central Florida

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Almost 3.8 million Floridians have cast their ballots ahead of the Nov. 8 general election.

From that total, 1,963,289 returned their vote-by-mail ballots, and 1,769,119 have voted early.

Meanwhile, another 1,345,311 voters have been mailed their vote-by-mail ballots but have not yet returned them.

Republicans have a slight statewide lead over Democrats in ballots cast thus far: about 1,509,903 to 1,501,075.

Of the Republican total, 825,893 voted by mail, and 684,100 voted early. For Democrats, those numbers are 761,769 and 739,306, respectively.

Here are the number of voters who have voted by mail and voted early for 11 North Central Florida counties.

Alachua County: 177,871 total active registered voters
Vote-by-Mail: 19,181
Early Vote: 23,910
Total: 43,091

Bradford County: 16,050 total active registered voters
Vote-by-Mail: 1,832
Early Vote: 2,213
Total: 4,045

Columbia County: 37,580 total active registered voters
Vote-by-Mail: 4,115
Early Vote: 3,438
Total: 7,553

Gilchrist County: 11,424 total active registered voters
Vote-by-Mail: 1,295
Early Vote: 601
Total: 1,896

Hamilton County: 8,079 total active registered voters
Vote-by-Mail: 982
Early Vote: 368
Total: 1,350

Lafayette County: 4,469 total active registered voters
Vote-by-Mail: 437
Early Vote: 289
Total: 726

Madison County: 11,567 total active registered voters
Vote-by-Mail: 791
Early Vote: 1,251
Total: 2,042

Marion County: 230,839 total active registered voters
Vote-by-Mail: 30,341
Early Vote: 35,214
Total: 65,555

Putnam County: 47,043 total active registered voters
Vote-by-Mail: 4,748
Early Vote: 7,581
Total: 12,329

Suwannee County: 26,436 total active registered voters
Vote-by-Mail: 3,112
Early Vote: 1,520
Total: 4,632

Union County: 7,252 total active registered voters
Vote-by-Mail: 595
Early Vote: 605
Total: 1,200

A new rule in play in the election: people voting by mail being immediately notified if their signatures don’t match the signatures on record from their supervisor of elections office. Those whose signatures don’t match are given the opportunity to have their vote counted through filling out an affidavit and providing copies of a photo and signature ID.

Before, voters whose ballot signatures differed from the signature on record were not notified that their vote was not counted until after elections were over.

Wesley Wilcox, Marion County’s supervisor of elections, said that of the 30,000-plus mail-in ballots that have been received, 32 have been notified of non-matching signatures and have been sent an affidavit.

Alachua County Supervisor of Elections Pam Carpenter couldn’t immediately be reached today for the county’s total of non-matching signatures.

About Cecilia Mazanec

Cecilia is a reporter for WUFT News and can be contacted by emailing mazanecc@ufl.edu.

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