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Early voter beware, some on ballot out of race

Posted at 11:31 PM, Mar 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-04 23:31:01-05

Early voting kicks off Saturday morning, but voter beware, some of the candidates on the ballots may no longer be in the race.

For the next week of early voting, there's a good chance you're going to see candidates like Jeb Bush and Ben Carson still on the Republican ballot.

Although they have dropped out of the race, the candidates have to formally withdraw with the Secretary of State to me removed. That means if you voted absentee for any candidates who are no longer running, your vote is already being counted.

"Unfortunately, if they voted for one of these individuals on the ballot that have suspended their campaign, we still have to count the ballot, they are still valid candidates and once you return your ballot to the Supervisor of Elections, unfortunately, your voting experience is over," said Susan Bucher, Supervisor of Elections for Palm Beach County.

About 30,000 people have voted absentee in Palm Beach County.

13 locations in the county will open at 10 a.m. Saturday and will be open until 6 p.m. daily until March 13.

In Martin County, two locations will open at 8 a.m.

In St. Lucie County, four locations will open their doors at 10 a.m.

Indian River County early voting locations open at 7:30 a.m. and at 8:30 a.m. in Okeechobee County.

Florida's primary elections will be held Tuesday March 15.