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More than 4 million ballots already cast

More than 4 million Floridians, almost 31 percent of the state’s 13.28 million registered voters, have already cast ballots for next week’s general election.

Republicans, with an advantage in vote-by-mail ballots, had cast nearly 1.69 million ballots as of Friday morning, according to numbers posted online by the state Division of Elections.

Democrats, slightly up in the number of people going to early-voting sites, had cast a little more than 1.63 million ballots. Voters with no party affiliation accounted for 722,397 ballots cast, with third-party voters at 26,815.

Early voting will end Saturday in many areas. But Bay, Bradford, Broward, Calhoun, Charlotte, Duval, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Jackson, Hillsborough, Leon, Miami-Dade, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Polk, Seminole, St. Lucie, Suwannee and Volusia are among counties that will continue to hold early voting on Sunday.

Due to an executive order from Gov. Rick Scott in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf and Jackson counties have added Monday to early voting.

Election Day polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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