Mail-in ballots already being returned in Central Florida

More voters expected to request vote-by-mail ballots

Mail-in ballots already being returned in Central Florida
Mail-in ballots already being returned in Central Florida

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. – With vote-by-mail ballots being sent out to voters, election supervisors have said they’ve already started to receive some back.

Osceola County Supervisor of Elections Mary Jane Arrington said they’ve had a ton of people registering in the past 48 hours.

“We are overwhelmed with new registrations; a lot of people are registering online and that’s great,” Arrington said.

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She said they’ve been exceptionally busy this week, which she attributes partially to the debate, and partially to people procrastinating.

Arrington said they’ve mailed out more than 85,000 vote-by-mail ballots, and said thousands have already been returned, totaling about 10% of what they’ve sent out.

She told News 6 she’s noticed a trend.

“We’ve seen an unprecedented amount of people walking in and dropping theirs off, just to make sure we have it,” Arrington said.

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Arrington said, so far, about 37% of the electorate in Osceola County has requested vote-by-mail ballots and added that hundreds more are requesting vote by mail each day.

It’s a number that she expects to grow from now until the Oct. 24 deadline, which is the last day to request a vote-by-mail ballot to be mailed to you.

In terms of some of the other counties, Orange County said more than 33% of the electorate have requested vote-by-mail ballots as of Thursday. In Lake County, that number is 29% and in Marion County it’s 31%.


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