21,000 Vote By Mail Ballots En Route To Leon County Voters

Jul 26, 2016

A record number of vote-by-mail ballots are now en route to Leon County voters.

A Leon County elections worker unloads some of the 21,000 vote-by-mail ballots requested for the August 30th primary.
Credit Kate Payne/ WFSU

At the post office on Adams Street, Leon County Elections workers are loading box after box of vote by mail ballots. The agency is sending 21,000 green envelopes to voters all across the county, marking the beginning of the primary election process. Supervisor of Elections Ion Sancho says a record number of residents requested vote-by-mail ballots this cycle.

“These numbers that we see here today with over 21,000, they’re typically the type of mail-out that we do for a general election. And they even top past general elections,” Sancho said.

Based on the number of requests for vote by mail ballots, Sancho and his team are preparing for a huge voter turnout.

“So we think that this indicates there’s lots of interest in the August 30th election. And that could be because so many local offices could be decided," he said.

Citizens can begin voting as soon as they receive the ballots, in the next 2 to 3 days. The last day to request a vote by mail ballot is Wednesday August 24th. Florida residents must register by Monday August 1st in order to vote in the August 30th primary.