I’ve downloaded the most recent early voting updates. Most counties are uploading their data in the wee hours of the morning following the previous day’s voting. Two tiny counties (Glades and Lafayette) have uploaded only one file, while the Polk County file was uploaded mid-evening last night. I mention this only to note that there will likely be some inconsistencies in a few counties. I am doing my best to make sure as much data as possible is being included in these updates.
Second day early voting dipped a bit (from 295k to 232k), for a total now of over 527k. By the second day of voting in 2008, there had been 319k early ballots cast. However, in 2008, with 7 days of early voting to go, there had been 1.2m ballots cast. It remains to be seen whether Florida’s early voting totals in 2012 will equal its 2008 totals.
Democrats remain ahead in the early voting, but again, the margin is lower than in 2008. Right now, Dems maintain a 49.6%-33.1% lead over the Reps. In 2008, it was a 54.1%-30.9% lead on day two, or 53.8%-29.7% lead with 7 days of early voting to go.
The link to the new spreadsheet is here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ro6vfyu2pzgngra/fl_early_voting_comparison_20121029.xlsx