Leon County supervisor of elections backs dropbox, vote-by-mail methods amid large voter turnout

Primary turnout was one of highest in state
Posted at 6:40 PM, Aug 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-24 18:40:51-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — All votes have been tabulated and are now official in Leon County.

The supervisor of the Board of Elections, Mark Earley, says there was a larger than normal primary turnout and the votes submitted for last week's primary election are now certified.

Looking toward the November election, Earley says he will continue to advocate for vote-by-mail or encourage people to drop off their ballots.

"It takes a lot of pressure off in-person voting and maintains social distancing with our drop boxes," said Earley. "People can feel very confident their votes are getting counted."

Early anticipates sending out roughly 72,000 ballots for vote-by-mail ahead of the November general election.

He says turnout for the primary was one of the highest in the state.

"If we'd had a whole lot of people show up to vote in person at the last few days of early voting or election day, I think it would have been hard to process while maintaining social distancing," Earley said.

Earley also suggests voters utilize to drop-boxes, adding that during the primary there were thousands and thousands of ballots placed in the drop-boxes.