Early Voting Begins In Miami-Dade

Originally posted on CBS Miami:

MIAMI (CBSMiami) — More than 1.1 million Floridians have already voted by absentee ballot in the past month, which amounts to regular-season play in the contact sport of Florida politics.

The GOP is the top seed, edging Democrats by 5 percentage points in casting absentee ballots, which are typically mailed in.

CBS4 news partner The Miami Herald reports the playoffs started Saturday morning with in-person early voting, which runs through Nov. 3. And that’s when Democrats — already narrowing the absentee-ballot gap with Republicans — typically excel.

By 9 a.m., long lines had begun forming at several polling locations. In fact, at 1 p.m., voters as some locations were waiting as long as five hours. It should be noted that five hours is the exception, not the norm.

CURRENT WAIT TIMES AT MIAMI-DADE POLLING LOCATIONS

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This year, about 38 percent of the absentee ballots cast…

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