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Leon County Early Voting is a Success

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Posted at 5:40 PM, Nov 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-07 17:55:50-05

TALLAHASSEE, FL. (WTXL) -- In Leon County, there are over 200,000 registered voters. Of those registered, about 46% of them have already voted either in person or by mail. 

The convenience of early voting allows people to vote when they're able to at the location they're closest to at the time, and it counts just the same as if they had waited until election day. It's that reason, officials say, helped break records when it came to early voting in Leon County. 

The historic turnout in early voting means that, aside from the first rush at 7 am, lines should be minimal when heading to the polls Tuesday.

As for those who still want to vote with a mail-in ballot? You'll need to drop those off in person, otherwise they won't be received in time and therefore won't be counted.

"We don't want you to mail in those mail in ballots," says Ion Sancho, the Leon County Supervisor of Elections. "You can walk them into our office, or take them to a voting location and turn them in and vote on a regular ballot. Those are the options that citizens have, but not mailing it is critical because we won't get any of those before the state law says that we have to close the receipt of mail in ballots, which is 7 pm tomorrow."

From 7 am to 7 pm on Tuesday, there will be 90 voting locations around Leon County, including two emergency in-office locations. All ballots must be received by 7 pm to be counted. To find your precinct polling location, visit www.leonvotes.org.