We’re just a few days away from Election Day and this year will definitely look different than the others because of COVID-19 concerns.
According to the U.S, Elections Project, by a University of Florida professor, over 60 million people nationwide have cast ballots in the general election, that’s more than the early vote totals in 2016.
In Miami-Dade and Broward counties, over 700,000 vote-by-mail ballots have been received.
“Over 50% of the vote-by-mail ballots have been returned in Broward County and we’re having a pretty good early voting turn out so I don’t expect that it’s going to be any great than it has before simply because we’ve had so many early voters,” said Monica Elliot, president of the League of Women Voters in Broward County.
If you’d like to vote early, there’s still time. The last day for early voting is this Sunday at 7pm. If you filled out your vote-by-mail ballot, it’s not recommended to mail it. You should drop it off at any of the early voting sites before Sunday.
“If you have your vote-by-mail ballot and you still want to drop it off, I highly encourage you to do it this week. This week you can still drop it off at early voting locations. They’ll look at it and check off that everything was done right so it can be counted, said Monica Skoko-Rodriguez, president of the League of Women Voters in Miami-Dade County.
And on Election Day it’s important to remember to vote at your assigned polling location.
“If they still have their voter information card, it will say on there where the precinct is with the address. But because there may have been some changes due to the COVID pandemic, the best thing to do is go to [your county’s] SOE website and look up where you should be voting,” said Monica Elliot.
But the League of Women Voters highly encourage you to vote early if you can.
“Take advantage of early voting, the shorter lines and the ability to go to any polling place. You can use the Supervisor of Elections wait time tool to see what the wait time is at certain polling sites so you can plan out your day and make the most of your time, said Monica Skoko-Rodriguez.