Vote-by-mail ballots returned could double in Florida this election

The 2020 Presidential Election is about five weeks away and many Florida voters have already sent in their mail-in ballots.

The Department of State reported that more than 6,600 ballots were returned on Saturday. 

Over five million ballots have been requested for the upcoming election. 

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Florida could be on track to double the number of people who voted by mail in the 2016 election. In 2016, when 3.47 million vote-by-mail ballots were sent out, Republicans returned 1.08 million of the ballots and Democrats returned 1.03 million.

Florida requires voters to request mail-in ballots before elections officials can provide them. The state adopted its “no-excuse” absentee-voting system in 2002, and in 2016 switched the name from “absentee” to “vote-by-mail.” Floridians have until Oct. 5 to register to vote.

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