Early, absentee voting for special congressional race to replace Wexler exceeds primary levelsby George Bennett | April 6th, 2010
Monday’s opening of early voting drew 1,192 voters in Palm Beach County — a 136 percent increase over the first day of early voting before the Feb. 2 special primaries, when 504 people voted. A total of 2,825 people ended up casting early primary ballots in Palm Beach County between Jan. 25 and Jan. 31.
Broward County had 305 early voters Monday, compared to 650 early voters for the entire seven-day period before the primaries.
With a week to go, both counties have already received more absentee ballots than they did for the primaries.
Democrat Ted Deutch, Republican Ed Lynch and no-party candidate Jim McCormick are running to fill the last eight months of Wexler’s term. About 70 percent of District 19 is in Palm Beach County with the remainder in Broward County.
Early voting is available at three sites in Palm Beach County from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Broward offers early voting at two sites.
“This is good…We have a steady clip,” Palm Beach County Elections Supervisor Susan Bucher said of Monday’s turnout.
Palm Beach County’s elections office has received 9,283 absentee ballots so far for next week’s election. There were 5,938 absentee ballots cast in Palm Beach County for the Feb. 2 Democratic and Republican primaries.
Broward County voters have returned 2,544 absentee ballots so far, compared to 2,026 for the primaries.