About 11% of Key Bicayne’s registered voters have already cast ballots with just two weeks to go before Election Day, where a hotly contested mayoral race and several ballot questions are adding to the mix of state and federal offices. Early voting started Monday. Countywide, turnout was about 8%.
According to the Miami-Dade Elections Department, 28% of 3,044 mail ballots had been returned by Monday morning.
The voting activity could be pointing to a strong turnout, a potential repeat of the August primary, where a record 38% of registered voters in Key Biscayne cast ballots –almost double the county rate. Other indicators of high engagement: 81% of people aged 18 and above are registered, and both mail ballot requests and voter registrations are up slightly from the summer. A strong turnout would also align with the most recent midterm election, where 67% of Key Biscayners voted, compared to a county average of 54%.
The high activity, of course, means that campaigns have to adjust messages and outreach with a smaller and smaller pool of voters each day.
Nationally, several election experts are projecting high voter turnout, but whether it will top record-setting amounts in previous years is unknown.
In Key Biscayne, the electorate looks like this for 2022:
|Age 66-and up||2,118|
|No Party Affiliation||3,460|
Source: Miami-Dade Elections Dept.