Eric Reivik likes the convenience of early voting at Wilton Manors City Hall and the tradition of placing his ballot in the ballot box. “There’s something about the whole process which I think you miss when you do it by mail.”
And apparently, a lot of people share Reivik’s preference for early voting.
As of Oct. 30, 6,477 people have early voted at Wilton Manors City Hall. And with five days of early voting still left, it looks as if turnout will be higher than in 2012, which saw 8,459 voters cast an early ballot at City Hall. City Hall first became an early voting site in 2010.
“ was when it was 8 days instead of 14 days [in 2016],” said Tonya Edwards, spokesperson for the Broward Supervisor of Elections Office.
The estimate in Broward was 31,400 on the first day of voting – Oct. 24. It was the highest number of early votes produced on a single day since early voting began in 2004. Officials say they’ve also received 86,000 mail ballots out of 173,000.
“These numbers are a good indication of a healthy democracy.” said Broward Supervisor of Elections Dr. Brenda Snipes. “We want to assure voters they can vote with confidence. We have more sites, longer hours of operation, and shorter wait times.”
There are 21 early voting sites. Early voting is from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at selected sites from now until Nov. 6. For a full list of sites, visit browardsoe.org or call the Broward County Supervisor of Elections at 954-357-7050.