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US election 2020: Early voting begins in Florida

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Crucial battleground Florida begins in-person voting as Joe Biden holds lead

Early voting began Monday in Central Florida.
 

Crucial battleground Florida begins in-person voting as Joe Biden holds lead.

The Amway Center will be serving as a polling place, and early voting will be happening there. It's one of 20 early-voting sites in Orange County.

Polling locations open at 8 a.m. in Orange County, and opening times will vary depending on which county you're in.

 

ORANGE COUNTY

Early voting in Orange County starts on October 19th and will go until November 1st.

You must bring a form of identification with you to vote, such as a driver's license, passport, military ID, student ID, or retirement center ID. 

All early voting locations are open between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

OSCEOLA COUNTY

Early voting in Osceola County starts on October 19th and will go until November 1st.

You must bring a form of identification with you to vote, such as a driver's license, passport, military ID, student ID, or retirement center ID. 

All early voting locations are open between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

SEMINOLE COUNTY

Early voting in Seminole County starts on October 19th and will go until November 1st.

You must bring a form of identification with you to vote, such as a driver's license, passport, military ID, student ID, or retirement center ID. 

All early voting locations are open between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

BREVARD COUNTY

Early voting in Brevard County starts on October 19th and will go until November 1st.

You must bring a form of identification with you to vote, such as a driver's license, passport, military ID, student ID, or retirement center ID. 

All early voting locations are open between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays and then 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekends.

VOLUSIA COUNTY

Early voting in Volusia County starts on October 19th and will go until November 1st.

You must bring a form of identification with you to vote, such as a driver's license, passport, military ID, student ID, or retirement center ID. 

All early voting locations are open between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

MARION COUNTY

Early voting in Marion County starts on October 19th and will go until October 31st.

You must bring a form of identification with you to vote, such as a driver's license, passport, military ID, student ID, or retirement center ID. 

All early voting locations are open between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

ALACHUA COUNTY

Early voting in Alachua County starts on October 19th and will go until October 31st.

You must bring a form of identification with you to vote, such as a driver's license, passport, military ID, student ID, or retirement center ID. 

All early voting locations are open between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

FLAGLER COUNTY

Early voting in Flagler County starts on October 19th and will go until October 31st.

You must bring a form of identification with you to vote, such as a driver's license, passport, military ID, student ID, or retirement center ID. 

All early voting locations are open between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

LAKE COUNTY

Early voting in Lake County starts on October 19th and will go until October 31st.

You must bring a form of identification with you to vote, such as a driver's license, passport, military ID, student ID, or retirement center ID. 

All early voting locations are open between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

POLK COUNTY

Early voting in Polk County starts on October 19th and will go until November 1st.

You must bring a form of identification with you to vote, such as a driver's license, passport, military ID, student ID, or retirement center ID. 

All early voting locations are open between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris takes part in an early vote launch drive-in rally in Orlando, Florida in the morning, then travels to Jacksonville, Florida for voter mobilisation event in the afternoon. That’s because Florida begins in-person early voting today.

It’s one of the crucial states to look out for on election night – a Florida loss would make it nearly impossible for Trump to reach the 270 electoral votes needed to retain the White House.

Associated Press report that about 2.5 million mail-in ballots have already been cast, with Democrats returning 1.2 million and Republicans about 755,000 as of Sunday. Non-affiliated voters and third-party members make up the rest. The number of mail-in votes is already approaching the 2.7 million cast in 2016. Trump ultimately defeated Hillary Clinton in the state by about 113,000 votes.

Florida Republicans have said they aren’t worried about the mail-in gap, believing any advantage Biden gets will be swamped by Trump supporters casting in-person ballots starting this week and on Election Day. They believe Democrats are “cannibalizing” their own votes moving in-person voters to mail-in without increasing their overall support.

Long lines have plagued early voting sites in Georgia and other states, but Florida county elections supervisors have said they expect lines to move smoothly.

Elections officials are predicting that between mail-in ballots and early voting, about 70% of the ballots expected will be cast before Election Day. The state allows those ballots to be processed, but the actual count remains secret until after the polls close 3 November. Counties must end early voting by 1 November, and mail-in ballots, with few exceptions, must be received by 7pm on election day.