Record voter turnout for primary elections in Alachua County

Published: Aug. 30, 2018 at 5:40 PM EDT
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The Supervisor of Elections says that Alachua County recorded its highest number of voters in the primary elections since 2004.

About 50,000 people cast ballots this year. The turnout was a little under 29% which was above the state average but below neighboring counties.

Supervisor of Elections, Kim Barton, says that the increase may be due to the people's high interest in the candidates.

“I think it was the interest of the candidates and voters are getting more and more involved in elections and having their say and the only way they can do that is cast their ballots. I really think there was a lot of interest that the candidates drew,” Barton said.

Early voting for the general election will be for two weeks starting October 22nd.

There will be six new early voting sites including the Reitz Union at the University of Florida.