Florida Early Voting Results by County & Polling Hours 2016

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An early voting sign points voters to the polling station at the Pinellas County Election Services office on October 24, 2016 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Getty)

Election Day is just a week away, but millions of Americans across the country have already cast their ballot. Early voting is ongoing all over the United States, including in Florida, the most significant state in the 2016 election. If Donald Trump does not win Florida, he does not have any realistic path to 270 electoral votes, so a Hillary Clinton victory here would all but guarantee that she will be the next president of the United States.

In Florida, early voting is held from October 24th through November 6th. If you would like to vote early, just check this PDF via the state of Florida to determine where you need to go and what the polling hours are. The hours vary by county, but you generally have between 10 and 12 hours, with many polling places opening at 8:00 a.m. and closing at 6:00 p.m.

The state of Florida releases statistics each day letting us know how many people have voted early. They don’t put out information about what candidate these people voted for, but they do divide it up by Democrat and Republican voters, and so this generally gives us an idea of if the Democratic or Republican candidate is in the lead.

Before we get into the results, let’s take a look at how the 2012 early voting numbers stacked up with the actual election result. Four years ago, these early numbers did give us a pretty accurate idea of who would win the state. That year, 4.3 million people voted early in Florida, with 43 percent of them being Democrats and 40 percent being Republicans. In the end, as those statistics suggest, Barack Obama won Florida, although by a smaller margin than that; he took 50 percent of the vote to Romney’s 49.1 percent.

With that in mind, here’s where Florida stands as of Tuesday, November 1st. 

So far, the numbers suggest an extremely tight race. Among those who have already cast their ballot, whether it’s by mail or by absentee, more Republicans have done so than Democrats. Approximately 1,648,000 million Republicans have voted early so far, compared to 1,630,000 Democrats. However, when you factor in the number of voters who have received a ballot by mail but have not yet sent it back in, the Democrats would take the lead. Assuming all of those people return their ballots, 2,149,000 Democrats will vote early compared to 2,085,000 million Republicans.

It should be noted, though, that we can’t be certain that all of those Republican ballots were actually cast for Donald Trump, and the same with Democrats and Hillary Clinton. In a recent CBS News/YouGov poll of Florida voters, 91 percent of Democrats said they planned to vote for Hillary Clinton, while 82 percent of Republicans planned to vote for Donald Trump. Eight percent of those Republicans said they would vote for Clinton, while four percent said they’re voting for Gary Johnson, one percent said Jill Stein, two percent said someone else, and four percent said they aren’t sure.

Here are the early voting results in Florida broken down by county, with the numbers last being updated on November 1st. This data combines votes cast in person, votes cast by mail, and absentee ballots given out but not yet returned. The remaining percent of voters are those who do not have a party affiliation, which for some counties is a pretty substantial number.

County % Republican % Democrat
Alachua 27.7 55.1
Baker 57.8 34.9
Bay 57.9 28.2
Bradford 51.6 38.8
Brevard 46.7 33.2
Broward 22.2 56.2
Calhoun 29.1 64.5
Charlotte 48.6 30.0
Citrus 51.1 29.6
Clay 62.3 20.8
Collier 55.4 24.0
Columbia 50.2 37.8
DeSoto 37.3 49.4
Dixie 44.3 44.9
Duval 42.6 42.3
Escambia 51.2 33.7
Flagler 45.8 33.7
Franklin 34.3 46.0
Gadsden 16.0 78.1
Gilchrist 55.4 34.3
Glades 46.4 44.0
Gulf 52.1 40.3
Hamilton 35.6 56.7
Hardee 53.4 36.1
Hendry 43.7 47.1
Hernando 44.9 35.5
Highlands 50.3 33.7
Hillsborough 35.7 42.6
Holmes 61.7 33.0
Indian River 52.1 27.6
Jackson 39.1 54.9
Jefferson 30.3 61.5
Lafayette 37.7 57.6
Lake 47.7 33.1
Lee 50.2 27.6
Leon 30.4 56.8
Levy 54.1 33.0
Liberty 19.2 75.7
Madison 32.6 60.5
Manatee 47.4 31.7
Marion 49.4 33.8
Martin 55.0 25.7
Miami-Dade 30.7 43.9
Monroe 43.2 36.3
Nassau 63.2 22.5
Okaloosa 63.9 19.8
Okeechobee 52.4 35.7
Orange 28.8 47.7
Osceola 27.4 47.4
Palm Beach 28.5 48.8
Pasco 42.1 35.2
Pinellas 38.4 38.7
Polk 40.8 39.2
Putnam 45.2 43.1
Santa Rosa 64.3 20.1
Sarasota 44.0 34.9
Seminole 41.6 35.9
St. Johns 57.4 24.7
St. Lucie 35.6 43.9
Sumter 56.9 24.5
Suwannee 49.4 40.7
Taylor 38.7 55.7
Union 49.4 43.9
Volusia 40.5 37.2
Wakulla 43.5 45.4
Walton 66.7 19.8
Washington 58.0 35.1


Read more about the early voting results in Florida in Spanish, at AhoraMismo.com: