Nearly 43 percent of Florida Keys voters have already cast ballots in advance of the Nov. 8 presidential election, Monroe County’s top election official said at the close of business Thursday.
The most recent tally available Friday showed 23,313 registered voters had taken advantage of the pre-Election Day opportunity, which runs through today at five locations across the Keys.
Those numbers bumped up the turnout so far to 42.58 percent. The total includes 10,618 early voters and 12,695 returned absentee ballots, according to Monroe County Supervisor of Elections Joyce Griffin.
Griffin has predicted an overall 80 percent voter turnout in the Keys, given it’s a presidential election without an incumbent in the running. In 2008, Florida’s overall voter turnout was 75 percent. It dipped to 72 percent in 2012.
On Friday, the Keys had 54,869 registered voters, including 21,012 Republicans and 17,951 Democrats, according to county records.
Polls on Tuesday will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Early voting is from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at these polling sites:
▪ Supervisor of Elections Office, 530 Whitehead St. in Key West.
▪ The Big Pine Key Community Park at 31009 Atlantis Drive (at the end of Sands Road).
▪ 10015 Overseas Highway (U.S. 1 and 100th Street) in Marathon.
▪ The Islamorada library at mile marker 81.8 bayside.
▪ The Murray E. Nelson Government and Cultural Center at mile marker 102 bayside.
Gwen Filosa: @KeyWestGwen