ORLANDO, Fla. - About 39 percent of the registered voters in eight Central Florida counties cast a vote prior to election day, according to data from the county supervisors of elections.
Local 6 collected early voting numbers and returned absentee ballot numbers from Brevard, Flagler, Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Sumter, Seminole and Volusia counties.
21 percent of registered voters in the nine counties cast a vote during the early voting period that began on October 27 and continued through November 3.
Absentee ballots have already been returned for 18 percent of the registered voters in Central Florida, excluding data from Volusia County where the information was not readily available.
More Democrats than Republicans voted early but more Republicans than Democrats voted by absentee ballot as of close of business Monday.
Elections offices are still collecting absentee ballots on Tuesday.
Sumter county had the highest percentage of early voters turnout with 59 percent of voters either voting early or turning in an absentee ballot before election day.
In Orange County, the highest populated area in Central Florida, 35 percent of voters had already cast a ballot before election day but that didn't stop long lines at precincts.
From Windermere to downtown Orlando, voters complained of waiting in line for up to two hours.
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