By the way, some Florida voters could begin voting by Monday

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Perhaps one of the most under-reported “process” stories of the 2012 election, at least as Florida’s role in the race is concerned, is that some of the state’s voters could begin voting by Monday.

Ballots to military and overseas voters are, by law, suppose to be mailed no later than 45 days before the Nov. 6 election.

Do the math: 6 days in November plus 31 days in October means those ballots need to be in the mail no later than tomorrow. It will, almost by definition, take some time before overseas voters receive their ballots. But member of the military could receive their ballots by Monday.

In other words, Election Day is less than 72 hours away!

Well, not exactly.  The percentage of military and overseas voters who make up Florida’s electorate is very small, but in a state known for razor-thin results, (cliche alert) every vote counts.

Candidates and their campaigns — at all levels —  would do well to have whatever early voter tracking program already in place by now. Because the real Election Day is right around the corner. Not the one on November 6, but the one on October 3, when ballots to hundreds of thousands of Florida’s early voters are mailed.

That’s less than two weeks away.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.