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Florida's early voting expected to draw 1 in 3 of the primary voters

At least 200,000 Florida voters -- who have heard enough from the televised political attacks and barrage of mailbox fliers -- have gone to the polls to take advantage of the state's two-week early voting period in this year's contentious primary election.

Local elections officials predict that early voters will comprise 30 percent of all voters in the Aug. 24 primary. Overall turnout is expected to reach 517,000, which is based on projections that 20 percent of Florida's 8.6 million registered Democrats and Republicans will vote. Thousands of additional early votes are also expected to arrive by absentee ballot. Early voting ends this weekend.

The number of voters who get a head start on the primary this year is slightly higher than in 2006, the last mid-term election that also featured an open governor's race, said Brenda Snipes, Broward County supervisor of elections. The reason for the increase in early voting, she said: convenience and confidence. Story here.