Early voting shows great turnout

Posted at 7:41 PM, Mar 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-14 19:41:29-04

LEON COUNTY, Fl. (WTXL) — Hundreds of things and events keep closing in Florida, but one thing that remains open is the polls. People are turning out to vote for early voting this weekend in Leon County.

While early voting centers around the state will remain open through Sunday, March 15, Leon County has plans to have voting booths open all the way through Tuesday.

"It's been as high, if not a little bit higher than we had in 2016," said Leon County's Supervisor of Elections, Mike Early. "2016 was a very competitive election cycle. There was no incumbency to president. Yeah, I'm very happy with the turnout. As far as vote by mail, we are right on track to hit about the same numbers as 2016. That's still to remain to be seen for election day."

Early said all polling locations are expected to be open on Tuesday, and that workers and volunteers are consistently sanitizing booths.

"We've got hand sanitizer at the entrance and exit of every polling place," explained Early. "Our poll workers are well trained on maintaining the CDC guidelines on social distancing, as well as just making sure the surfaces and any objects that are touched by multiple people, like the ballot markers or the stylus where you sign in, all of these different items are going to be cleaned, not just every hour, but I think essentially after every voter during early voting."