Nearly 27 percent of all registered Manatee County voters have already cast a ballot ahead of the Nov. 8 election.
As of 5:05 p.m. Thursday, 61,706 of the 230,515 registered voters had cast ballots, or 26.77 percent.
At the end of the fourth day of the 13-day period of early voting, the majority of the votes — 47,117 — are from vote by mail and 14,589 are from early voting, which goes until Nov. 5.
230,515 Number of registered voters in Manatee County
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Of these voters, 29,349 are registered Republicans, 20,471 are registered Democrats and 11,800 are other.
Sharon Stief, chief deputy in the Manatee Supervisor of Elections Office, said she was not aware of any vote by mail issues.
Manatee County has a higher voter turnout than statewide. Nearly 2.5 million people, or 20 percent, of all Florida voters have voted.
The Associated Press reported that Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton appeared to be displaying strength during early voting in the key states of Florida and North Carolina, and perhaps also in Arizona and Colorado.
Donald Trump, meanwhile, appears to be holding ground in Ohio, Iowa and Georgia, according to data compiled by The Associated Press. Those are important states for Trump, but not sufficient for him to win the presidency if he loses states like Florida or North Carolina.
"The Trump campaign should be concerned," said Scott Tranter, co-founder of Optimus, a Republican data analytics firm. His firm's analysis suggests a "strong final showing for the Clinton campaign" in early voting.
4.4 million Votes cast already nationwide
Early voting — by mail or at polling stations — is off to a fast start. More than 4.4 million votes have been cast already, far outpacing the rate for this period in 2012. Balloting is underway in 34 out of 37 early-voting states.
In all, more than 45 million people are expected to vote before Election Day — or as much as 40 percent of all votes cast.
Both parties are encouraging their supporters to vote early. The outcome of those ballots won't be known until counting begins after polls close on Nov. 8, but some clues are available. Some states report the party affiliations of early voters, as well as breakdowns by race and gender.
The data that is available represents a small sample of the more than 120 million people who will cast ballots in the presidential election, but a notable one.
The Clinton campaign is looking to build an insurmountable lead in Florida and North Carolina during early voting. If she wins either of those states, she'll probably be the next president.
Using 2012 as a guidepost, she appears to be in a strong position in early voting.
In Florida, a record 3.1 million people have requested ballots, more than one-third of the total voters in 2012.
While Democrats tend to do better in early voting, Republicans usually post an initial lead with mail-in ballots before Democrats surpass them during in-person early voting in mid to late October.
Democrats so far have kept it close with mail-in ballots, giving Clinton a chance to run up the score with in-person early voting. To do that, she'll need non-whites and young people to turn out near the high levels they did in 2012 for Barack Obama.
In Florida, a record 3.1 million people have requested ballots, more than one-third of the total voters in 2012. Democrats have requested almost as many ballots as Republicans: 39 percent vs. 40 percent.
By comparison, in 2008, Republicans held a lead of 49 percent to 32 percent in requests, according to an analysis for AP by Catalist, a Democratic analytical firm. Obama won in Florida in 2008 and 2012.
As part of early voting, the polls in Manatee County will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Sunday, Oct. 30, and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 31 through Nov. 5.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
EARLY VOTING LOCATIONS IN MANATEE COUNTY
- Supervisor of Elections Office, 600 301 Blvd. W., No. 118, Bradenton.
- Palmetto library, 923 Sixth St. W., Palmetto.
- Rocky Bluff library, 6750 U.S. 301, Ellenton.
- Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Lakewood Ranch.
- West Manatee Fire & Rescue Administration, 6417 Third Ave. W., Bradenton