Tallahassee, Florida. (AP) --
Slightly more than one in five eligible Florida voters participated in the primary election.
The Secretary of State's office said on August 30 that the turnout for the Aug. 24 primary was 21.9 percent. That's not unusual in Florida,
where voters have a long history of low participation in midterm
The state's largest population center fared even worse than
average. In Miami-Dade and Broward County, just 17.2 percent and
14.7 percent voted. It wasn't much better in neighboring Palm Beach
County, which saw only 16.2 percent turnout.
A total of 2.4 million votes were cast in the August 24
election, in which Rick Scott upset Bill McCollum in the Republican
gubernatorial primary and U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek secured the
Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate.