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Palm Beach County currently has more than 1 million registered voters

Deadline to register for November election is Oct. 5
Posted at 4:23 PM, Sep 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-22 18:32:51-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — There are 42 days until the presidential election.

Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day, a push to get everyone to register to vote.

On a day when attention nationally is on registering to vote, Palm Beach County's elections supervisor said the numbers keep growing.

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"Oh, no we're over a million. We're a million, 5,000 plus," said Supervisor of Elections Wendy Sartory Link.

Palm Beach County Elections Supervisor Wendy Sartory Link
Palm Beach County Elections Supervisor Wendy Sartory Link says preparations continue ahead of early-voting, which starts Oct. 19.

The county joins Broward and Miami Dade with more than a million people registered to vote in this year's presidential election.

There is still time for more people to get registered.

Early voting begins Oct. 24 in Florida, and the long lines in states like Virginia for early voting have election officials making plans.

"We've ordered some extra stanchions, in fact, just this morning signed the stanchion order. We're trying to work on crowd control. We, of course, will focus on social distancing and all of our PPE will be in place," Sartory Link said.

Also surging is the number of requests for mail-in ballots in the county, which is close to 390,000.

"The post office is assuring us they'll be on top of it," Sartory Link said.

Her office is preparing the first 250,000 ballots to be picked up Thursday by the post office.

“We're hoping we have a big number vote by mail so that fewer are in line because of COVID," Sartory Link said.

Interest and turnout this November is expected to be high.

The deadline to register to vote in the November election is Oct. 5.

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