In Florida, the nation’s largest swing state, the Democratic presidential candidate is voting ahead of time Joe BidenJoe BidenFormer Pence Advisor: White House staff discussed Trump refusing to leave office and President Trump Fight for his 29 votes.
The Florida State Department reported Saturday that over 6,600 postal ballot papers were returned and more than 5 million more requested. Voters in the Sunshine State have until October 5 to register to vote and to request a postal ballot on October 24.
The ballots already submitted put the state on the right track to more than double the 2.7 million ballots that were submitted by post in 2016. The number of ballots sent in is already showing a split among the partisans, with 2.3 million Democrats applying for mail-in ballots with 1.6 million Republicans. Another 1.1 million people who are not affiliated with any party have requested that ballot papers be sent to them.
Florida has over 14 million voters, including over 5.2 million Democrats and over 5 million Republicans.
The state is known to host tight elections, with the 2000 vote count controversy ultimately determining the state’s vote in favor of then-GOP presidential candidate George W. Bush – a victory that the White House awarded him. Florida also had to be counted in its governor and senate races in 2018 due to wafer-thin borders.
The Sunshine State is once again a major battlefield this year. The polls RealClear Politics average shows that Biden is only 1.3 points ahead of Trump. Both sides are dropping millions of dollars in ads, and Biden has the help of former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, who has supported tens of millions of dollars in ad purchases.