Early voting in Palm Beach County

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - More than 2,000 people cast early votes in Palm Beach County in the first two days of early voting ahead of the Republican primary, and election officials say the votes cast this week could outpace those cast four years ago.

"It says there is a greater interest than there was in 2008," said Susan Bucher, Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections. "[It] would be very unusual. We're hopeful it sticks."

West Palm Beach resident Renai Collins, who cast an early vote, said her mind had been made up for some time.

"I've known for a while," she said. "[A] better economy. More jobs. Change. It's a driving force behind people getting out early."

Palm Beach County sent out more than 8,700 absentee ballots ahead of early voting.

"So far, only 3,700 had been returned," said Bucher.

That, she said, suggested that some voters were still undecided about which presidential candidate to vote for.

This year, early voting in Florida goes through Saturday and runs for eight days instead of two weeks.

Some polls are also open later than in years past.

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