Time is running out for early voting

Posted at 5:40 PM, Mar 11, 2016

Florida voters have just a few days left to vote early ahead of Tuesday's primary election.

According to the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections, more than 32,000 people voted early and nearly 50,000 sent in absentee ballots as of Friday morning.

Those numbers are expected to climb before Tuesday, and make up more than a quarter of the county's registered voters.

"We see a large clip of voters. There's a lot of interest this time. So I appreciate that everyone is coming out in a big way for Palm Beach County," said Susan Bucher, Supervisor of Elections for Palm Beach County.

She said that it's too late now to change your party affiliation for the primary on Tuesday. That must be done 29 days before the election, she added.

This year, there are more than 3,500 people working at the polls across Palm Beach County.

They now have new iPads to help make the process go smoother, Susan said.

"Those electronics have allowed not only the ease of processing voters, but also the data we need at the end of the day to put up the counts on our website."

You may see people on the ballot that have suspended their campaigns.

Susan said that they have not officially withdrawn from the race, which involves a written request to the Secretary of State.

There are more than a dozen places to vote early, and you can do so through Sunday.

Susan Odell voted early Friday in Wellington.

"No matter whom you're for, it's important to vote," she said.

She waited only five minutes to vote, but said it took much longer to make up her mind about who she voted for.

"These guys, they're supposed to be presidential, and they're really in the gutter as far as I'm concerned as far as what they're saying to each other," she said.

That's why Kevin Brown of Royal Palm Beach said he's waiting until Tuesday to vote.

"It's gotten kind of nasty. When I felt like I had my heart set on one candidate, they started slinging some mud. It really hurt their integrity as far as I'm concerned. That's made it really difficult for me," Kevin said.

Those voting early or in the primary election must bring a valid identification card to their polling location.

The polls open at 7 a.m. Tuesday and close at 7 p.m. Voting locations across Palm Beach County are expected to be busy during those times, but not as crowded during the day.