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Nearly 1.9 Million Votes Already Cast in Florida
784,444 ballots cast by Democrats and 774,304 ballots cast by Republicans

About 1.9 million Floridians have already cast ballots eight days before Election Day.

The Department of State said as of Monday morning, nearly 1.4 million people had cast absentee ballots and more than 500,000 people cast ballots in person during the early voting period that began Saturday.

Miami-Dade Day 1 Early Voting Turnout a Success: Officials
 
The vote is nearly evenly split by party, with 784,444 ballots cast by Democrats and 774,304 ballots cast by Republicans. More than 307,000 ballots have been cast by voters who don't belong to either major party.
 
The total represents nearly 16 percent of Florida's 11.9 million voters.

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