Experts: Despite pre-Election day voting uptick, overall vote count still uncertain

Posted at 5:28 PM, Aug 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-27 17:28:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Across the state, more Floridians have voted ahead of Tuesday's primary than in years past, while at the same time, more than one million mail-in ballots have yet to be returned.

Almost 1.86 million votes had been cast as of Monday morning.

Democrats used a final weekend surge to surpass Republicans in early voting, but the GOP led in the mail-in ballots.

FSU Political Science Professor Carol Weissert, says the increase in pre-election day voting does not necessarily mean the overall vote count will be up from years past.

"Generally, people who vote early or absentee would have voted anyway. So, sometimes it is a substitute rather than an addition," said Weissert. "If indeed we see more people voting in person, then that will be quite terrific."

For vote-by-mail ballots to be counted, they must be turned in by 7 p.m. local time on Election Day, Tuesday.