More than a quarter of Florida's voters have already cast ballots

More than 25 percent of the state’s registered voters have cast ballots in the Nov. 3 general election, as numbers posted Wednesday by the state Division of Elections showed a lead among Republicans using early voting.

As of Wednesday morning, 720,968 Floridians had cast ballots at early voting sites, up from 366,436 in a Tuesday morning count. Also, 2,954,359 voters had cast ballots by mail.

Combined, the 3.675 million people who had cast ballots represented more than a quarter of the state’s 14.4 million registered voters.

Early voting sites opened Monday in most of the state and will be open statewide as of Saturday.

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As of Wednesday morning, Republicans had cast 321,007 ballots at early voting sites, while Democrats had cast 279,968. People without party affiliations had cast 111,675 early votes, while third-party voters had cast 8,318.

Meanwhile, Democrats had cast nearly 1.43 million mail-in ballots, while 900,828 had come from Republicans. Another 589,892 were from unaffiliated voters.