Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Early Voting Gains Popularity; Nassau: Recent Primary Saw Most Ever

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Early Voting Gains Popularity; Nassau: Recent Primary Saw Most Ever

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Byline: Amelia A. Hart, Nassau Neighbors staff writer

Nassau County voters are embracing early voting.

Results from the three countywide primaries and general elections held since early voting became an option show a steadily increasing number of Nassau County voters are opting to cast their ballots before Election Day.

Early and absentee ballots are making up a larger share of all votes cast in county elections: More than 25 percent of all votes cast in the Aug. 31 Nassau County primary were cast early, or by absentee ballot.

"Some people prefer the excitement of Election Day voting, but more people are taking advantage of the opportunity to vote when it's convenient for them," Supervisor of Elections Vicki Cannon said.

Florida instituted a number of election reforms, including the option to vote early, after the 2000 presidential election that put the state's voting systems at the center of a national controversy.

Nassau County voters are increasingly taking up the offer.

In the 2002 Nassau County primary, 1,314 early votes were cast, or 11.34 percent of the 11,586 votes cast. The 1,526 absentee ballots made up 13.17 percent of all ballots cast.

In the 2002 general election in Nassau County, even more people voted early. But with a far larger voter turnout -- 21,376, or 56.4 percent of registered voters -- early votes made up a smaller percentage of the overall vote. …

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