Voters who don’t identify with either of the major political parties are casting early ballots at a lower rate than Republicans or Democrats in Sarasota County, according to data from the Supervisor of Elections office.
In total, 110,644 early ballots – either in-person or mail-in – had been cast by the end of business on Wednesday. Of those, Republicans (who make up 42.5% of Sarasota County’s registered voters) cast 49,685 ballots (44.9% of the total) and Democrats (30.7% of Sarasota’s registered voters) cast 39,889 ballots (36%).
Voters either affiliated with no party or other parties (who make up 26.7% of Sarasota’s total) have cast 21,060 ballots (19%).
In total, early-voting turnout reached 34.75% by late Wednesday. Early voting closes at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
Election Day is Nov. 6.