Stat of the Day in Florida politics

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Patrick Manteiga of La Gaceta highlights an interesting statistic:

“So far, in Hillsborough County, 130,000 voters have requested absentee ballots for the primary and general election. This is a far greater number than in the last gubernatorial election cycle in 2010.”

This could mean any number of things, including that the Hillsborough Supervisor of Elections is, like his counterpart in Pinellas County, aggressively pushing voters to select the option of receiving an absentee ballot.

OR it could mean interest, particularly in the gubernatorial race, is driving voters to — months ahead of the election — make sure they are signed up to receive their ballot.

It’s probably a little of both, no?

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.