With Election Day a week from tomorrow, about one in three registered voters in Florida have already voted. According to the state Division of Elections, 4.77 million Floridians had voted by this past Friday morning, either by mail or in person at early voting sites that opened last Monday, of the total of 14.4 million registered voters. Mail-in ballots have been especially popular. By early last week, nearly 3 million Floridians had sent their ballots in, surpassing the total of 2.7 million in the 2016 election.
In addition to the presidential candidates, there are state races for Florida House and Senate, and a myriad of regional and local offices on the ballot as well. There are also six proposed amendments to Florida’s Constitution on the ballot that we’ve been previewing here over the past several weeks. You can review the complete list here.
One of our readers shared this sentiment, which I like a lot. “Make an educated choice this November. Choose who you believe in and decide what is best for our nation and its people.” Polls close at 7pm on November 3 and mail-in ballots need to arrive in the local supervisor of election offices by then to be counted. At right, a very funny yard sign we saw in North Carolina last week. (It’s true – anything goes this election!)
And before we send you down the screen to review the stories we have put together this edition, we wanted to congratulate one of our favorite insurance industry executives, John Rollins. News this past week about his joining Olympus Insurance company made us all smile. Those of us who have worked with John over the years respect his tremendous sense of public service. I often say he is an actuary that speaks fluent English! There is no technical insurance issue that John can’t crystalize into an easy yet powerful soundbite. Hat’s off to you John as you start your new position this morning as company CFO and appreciate your commitment to all of Florida’s consumers!