A get-out-the-vote drive that encouraged minority voters to cast their ballots Sunday saw record-breaking turnout Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties —three of the largest and heavily Democratic counties in the state. Statewide vote totals for the two-weeks of early voting — won’t be known until number-crunchers for both parties finish analyzing data to determine whether “Souls to the Polls” brought in enough ballots to close the GOP’s 125,000 vote advantage. In Palm Beach County, Sunday’s turnout was 11,069, compared to Oct. 31 — the second-highest turnout — when 9,060 ballots were cast.
In Broward County, 19,802 voters went to the polls Sunday, beating the 12,355 ballots cast Saturday. Turnout in Miami-Dade County on Sunday was 16,486 — about 14 percent of all early votes cast since the start of early voting Oct. 20.
Supervisors of Elections from nine other counties that had early voting Sunday must report those numbers by noon today. “Let’s go show them we can vote on this day,” said Debbie Frazier, president at the Alliance for Social Justice, which sponsored a barbecue at Howard Park in West Palm Beach on Sunday. “Let’s celebrate that we have this day and use it.”