Early voting for Florida's September 5th Primary kicked off Monday morning. Elections supervisors statewide say the turnout has been steady. In Leon County more than 200 voters turned out to cast their ballots.
Michael Morton, Sr. was among them. He said, "I've never missed an election yet, so I'll go up there the first day and not have to be involved in the longer lines later."
Early voting was mandated by the state in the 2004 election cycle. However, Leon County's been doing it since 1994.
Marilyn Huff says she makes it a tradition to come out early.
"It's great, it frees us up for a lot of things, especially when you get older, you don't want to drive downtown or to your precinct."
There are a few changes voters may notice when they go to their polling sites. It's now required to bring a photo ID with a signature. A voter ID card is no longer necessary. Equipment accessible to voters with disabilities is available starting this year, and if you've moved and didn't change your registration, as long as you are registered in Florida you can vote in your new county.
Ion Sancho, Leon County's Supervisor of Elections, said, "All an individual needs to do, come to an early voting location, execute a change of address and they can vote."
Local elections are dominating the Primary ballot, and by not voting on or by September 5, Sancho says you could lose your ability to influence local government.
More than 6,000 Leon County voters have requested a mail ballot. So far 2,000 are already back in the Elections Office. You have until September 1; that's the Friday before the September 5 primary to request a mail ballot. However, the sooner, the better.
The Leon County Supervisor of Election’s Office is expecting the early voter turnout for this year's primary to exceed early voter turnout in 2004's primary.