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Early, absentee voting rises in Florida's GOP primary, making Tuesday less important?
Bay News 9 television ^ | 1/30/2012 | Bay News 9 television

Posted on 01/30/2012 5:56:09 PM PST by varina davis

More than 600,000 Republicans have already turned in their ballots for Tuesday’s Florida primary.

By Troy Kinsey , Capitol Reporter Last Updated: Monday, January 30, 2012

More than 600,000 Republicans have already turned in their ballots for Tuesday’s Florida primary.

That's around 100,000 more early and absentee votes compared to four years ago, meaning the vote Tuesday may not matter nearly as much.

Absentee voting began nearly a month ago. Early voting kicked off more than a week ago.

The Republican Party of Florida's Brian Hughes says between 30 and 40 percent of the primary vote is already in.

"The campaigns have been aggressive in targeting these early voters and they really have to, because when you have 600,000-plus voters already voting before Election Day, if you haven't paid attention to them, you're going to lose a huge block of votes," Hughes said.

GOP strategist Pete Dunbar doesn't buy that theory.

"Both candidates, or actually, the two major candidates, have had sufficient resources," Dunbar said. "I just think Speaker Gingrich may have been late deploying his."

In the end, no matter who trails in the early vote, the candidates still have a chance to catch up Tuesday, when around a million Republicans are expected to flood the polls.

That estimate is based on turnout in 2008, when many people who otherwise wouldn't have voted showed up to weigh in on a property tax cut on that year's ballot.


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: absentee; florida; votes
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To: Sacajaweau

in 2008 McCain won our state 53% to 47%
early voting changed that and obama got so many vote early vote often that he got my state and trust me there was no way he did fairly and even the GA media found over 100,000 votes were frauds from just two states, GA, OH.
put in the illegals, snowbirds who use vacation addresses then he did not win our state

STOP EARLY VOTING


21 posted on 01/30/2012 7:38:30 PM PST by manc (FOX, DRUDGE, HAS BEEN DISGUSTING IN THEIR BIASED ATTACKS V NEWT. I HATE OUR BIASED LIBERAL MEDIA.)
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To: Paleo Conservative

because here in this state, we have so much fraud from the left voting early and often.

have one day and get people off their bums and vote that day

no more fraud


22 posted on 01/30/2012 7:39:36 PM PST by manc (FOX, DRUDGE, HAS BEEN DISGUSTING IN THEIR BIASED ATTACKS V NEWT. I HATE OUR BIASED LIBERAL MEDIA.)
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To: taildragger

I;’m here and know many who voted for Newt right after SC


23 posted on 01/30/2012 7:40:22 PM PST by manc (FOX, DRUDGE, HAS BEEN DISGUSTING IN THEIR BIASED ATTACKS V NEWT. I HATE OUR BIASED LIBERAL MEDIA.)
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To: QBFimi

HUH, you are a Dem but conservative in our state,. why the hell would you do that and not be able to vote in our primary?

Not only that but we need to show there are more republicans here than Dems.

Sorry but this is my state and it doesn’t make sense what you’re doing


24 posted on 01/30/2012 7:42:30 PM PST by manc (FOX, DRUDGE, HAS BEEN DISGUSTING IN THEIR BIASED ATTACKS V NEWT. I HATE OUR BIASED LIBERAL MEDIA.)
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To: hoosiermama

we do not have landlines at my house and never get polled and know a hell of a lot like me.


25 posted on 01/30/2012 7:43:26 PM PST by manc (FOX, DRUDGE, HAS BEEN DISGUSTING IN THEIR BIASED ATTACKS V NEWT. I HATE OUR BIASED LIBERAL MEDIA.)
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To: QBFimi

you could have done absentee


26 posted on 01/30/2012 7:43:52 PM PST by manc (FOX, DRUDGE, HAS BEEN DISGUSTING IN THEIR BIASED ATTACKS V NEWT. I HATE OUR BIASED LIBERAL MEDIA.)
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To: QBFimi

Bummer. The rest of us get to have all the fun!


27 posted on 01/31/2012 4:41:33 AM PST by GatorGirl (ABO)
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To: Paleo Conservative

why is early voting necessary? you either vote absentee OR you vote on election day. period. so many people in this country, including,sadly, some on the right, have every excuse possible for not having the time to vote on election day.


28 posted on 01/31/2012 5:14:51 AM PST by swpa_mom
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To: Sacajaweau

That’s particularly true in the Democrat controled Southern counties; but.........I’ve noted that the Democrat party operatives are more and more attacking early voting, particularly in the Yankee and Left Coast states where they’re advocating a “one election day” system. But, personally, I think thats because they believe they can use their racist thugs to intimidate non-Democrat voters into staying home.


29 posted on 01/31/2012 5:25:43 AM PST by Rich21IE
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To: varina davis

I’m not sure how much difference this will make since early voters tend to be people whose minds are firmly made up, whatever side they’re on or whatever candidate they’re for.


30 posted on 01/31/2012 5:38:34 AM PST by erlayman
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To: varina davis

Well......the early, absentee voting is in the recored books, but......the election day primary voting is just underway!!! Simple: Republican Florida voters, get out and vote today. Your country’s future rests in your hands.

Shucks, I’d like for you to cast your vote for Newt Gingrich, but....who you vote for is strictly your choice!!! Main thing, is to get out and vote!!!

A massive voter turnout in this primary and others will send the clearest of signals to the Obamabots, that, we the people, will be turning out in overwhelming numbers come November, 2012 to massively defeat, Barack Husseon Obama and his Democrat Party ilk!!!


31 posted on 01/31/2012 6:26:50 AM PST by JLAGRAYFOX (My only objective is defeat and destroy POTUS Obama & his Democrat Party, politically!!!)
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To: Kenny

Without the Democrats involved, who’s doing the voter fraud?


32 posted on 01/31/2012 8:22:29 AM PST by energized
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To: swpa_mom
why is early voting necessary? you either vote absentee OR you vote on election day. period. so many people in this country, including,sadly, some on the right, have every excuse possible for not having the time to vote on election day.

Early voting in TX is not the same as absentee voting. Early voting is done in person at any one of several locations in the county where one is registered. The counties have a centralized database that is accessed at all the early voting locations. Immediately, when someone votes in one location, that name is marked as voted in the central database and can't be voted again.

Asentee voting is done by mail on scannable paper ballots that can be tabulated either by machine or by hand. They are only made available to people who won't be in the county or are over the age of 65. If a voter is not over the age of 65, the ballot must be mailed or sent by a common carrier from another country, state, or county or it won't be counted.

Early voting laws in Texas were created, because there were lots of people who couldn't legally vote absentee but couldn't guarantee that they would be in their county of residence on election day to vote. At the time there were lots of people employed in the oil and gas industry around the state who have irregular work schedules and often have no idea where they will be on election day or even holidays. It's 24/7/365 industry. Lots of people in the oil and gas industry like my father were voting absentee even though they might be home on election day just because they couldn't plan on being home on election day. The early voting legislation legalized what had already become a practice.

I vote early, because in recent elections I have either been an election clerk, poll watcher, or election judge at a different precinct than the one at which I vote.

33 posted on 01/31/2012 8:28:18 AM PST by Paleo Conservative
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To: energized

Romney is every bit as bad as a Democrat. I wouldn’t put anything past him.


34 posted on 01/31/2012 8:43:43 AM PST by Kenny (<p><i)
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To: Paleo Conservative

thanks for your explanation, but I will stand firm in my own opinion that it’s not necessary. Just my opionion, but we as a country use any excuse possible why we can’t vote on election day. Absentee ballots can be used by anyone who thinks they won’t be available to vote on election day.


35 posted on 02/01/2012 4:30:24 AM PST by swpa_mom
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To: swpa_mom
thanks for your explanation, but I will stand firm in my own opinion that it’s not necessary. Just my opionion, but we as a country use any excuse possible why we can’t vote on election day. Absentee ballots can be used by anyone who thinks they won’t be available to vote on election day.

You are incorrect about Texas law. Prior to the creation of early voting in the 1980's the law said a person had swear that he or she would be out of town on election day to vote absentee.

Texas also has a new photo ID law, that hopefully the courts will uphold against Eric Holder's "Justice" department interference. That will make it much more difficult to conduct fraud by getting people to vote using other people's identities either on election day or during early voting.

A large number of my friends line up on the first day of early voting. I knew one man who was over 90 when he died about a year ago, who made sure he voted on the first day, because at his age he was never sure if he would be alive on election day. I usually go a day or two later so I don't have to be in a line.

Local Republican strategists are very keen on getting out Republicans during early voting, especially since early votes get tabulated on Sunday before the election and get reported to the Texas Secretary of State immediately after polls close on election day. It allows our candidates to start out with a lead in the election returns reported by the media.

36 posted on 02/01/2012 7:36:49 AM PST by Paleo Conservative
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