Early voting is underway in the Sunshine State and it has already broken election records! That’s according to the latest data from the U.S. Elections Project, a website and portal that tracks early voting numbers and maintained by Michael McDonald, a political science professor at the University of Florida. As of late yesterday (10/19/20), 27.9 million Americans have already cast their ballots for the 2020 general election. That's a 389% increase by comparison this time four year ago, when just 5.7 million Americans had returned their vote by mail ballot. Over 32,000 ballots have been returned in Alachua County and just over 48,400 Marion County voters have made sure their voice is heard. As for early voting, which began yesterday, records her have also been broken. Estimates are that more than 350,000 voters cast their ballot yesterday, which is a 20% increase from the same day prior to the 2016 election. Early voting continues through November 1st and even though records have been shattered, every vote counts as we all remember when 537 votes separated George W. Bush from Al Gore in the 2000 general election (that’s a 0.009% difference). Remember that you must be in line to vote at your polling station or vote by mail ballot must be received by your Supervisor of Election by 7pm, November 3rd. Ballots received after 7pm, even if the postmark is November 3rd, will not be counted in the general election.