Absentee Ballots In High Demand In Palm Beach County

Oct 11, 2012

Voter registration ended on Tuesday, and elections supervisors are busy preparing for next month’s vote.

They say thousands of registrations have come in just this month, and the final numbers will come in next week once the state is done certifying all of the voter registration forms that came in at the deadline.

Monroe County Supervisor of Elections Harry Sawyer says he’s expecting a big increase.

“Even before we get the final numbers in, we’re still ahead of 2008," said Sawyer.

Currently, Monroe County has 51, 010 registered voters. That compares to 50, 136 in 2008.

Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher says she’s also seen a big rush to register this year.

“Well, in the last two weeks we’ve seen an uptick of about 15,000 registered voters," said Bucher.

Bucher says interest in voting absentee is also high.

“We are inundated with requests, and we’re trying to keep up every day," said Bucher. "We’re getting anywhere from two to 5,000 requests every day for absentee ballots.”

Apparently, a lot of Palm Beach County voters have already made up their minds about the election. Bucher says nearly 10, 000 absentee ballots have already been turned into her office.