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Grab Your Driver's License and Head out to the Polls, Early Voting in Orlando Runs Through Sunday

Photo: Flickr Creative Commons
Photo: Flickr Creative Commons

Early voting started Monday in Orlando and runs through Sunday at the Orange County Supervisor of Elections. 

On the ballot residents are choosing an Orlando City Mayor and a District 6 Commissioner.

More than 7,000 people had already turned in their vote-by-mail ballots during the first morning of early voting.

Dozens more had cast their ballots in person at the Orange County Supervisor of Elections office. 

Supervisor of Elections Bill Cowles says however a person votes-they’ll need photo and signature identification.

"As long as you have your driver's license you’ve got your two IDs."

More registered Democrats than Republicans have shown up to the polls in Orlando so far.

Cowles says this election is crucial as it will determine the Orlando Mayor and District 6 Commissioner. 

"So these are people that are making decisions that probably affect our everyday life probably more so than a decision out of Tallahassee or DC does."

Candidates in the mayoral race are incumbent Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, District 6 Commissioner Samuel Ings and businesswoman Aretha Simons. 

Dyer leads in campaign contributions with more than $533,000 dollars in donations. He’s followed by Ings at more than $86,000 dollars and Simons with more than $48,000 dollars. 

If you want to see how many people have voted in real-time click on the link. If you want to see how many people have voted by party in real-time click on the link.

To track campaign finances by candidate click on the link.
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Danielle Prieur is a general assignment reporter and fill-in host at WMFE.
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