Early voting kicked off Monday at 7 a.m. in Palm Beach County and across Florida.
Perhaps the biggest hiccup on the first day of early voting was the heavy rain.
But that did not stop voters from standing on lines to cast their votes.
A steady number of voters were going in and out of the Wells Recreational Center in Riviera Beach all day. At times there was a line of maybe 10 people, but it moved quickly.
There are two weeks of early voting in Florida, including two full weekends, but voters on Monday said they were eager to get it out of the way.
“I think it’s one of our most important [elections.] I think 2016 was perhaps the most important, but this might be a very close follow up,” said voter Josh Singh of West Palm Beach.
Nearly 10,000 early-voting ballots were cast by 2 p.m. Monday.
“The line was long but, when I would go around to people they were telling me the line is moving,” said Supervisor of Elections Wendy Sartory Link.
She visited a few polling sites and said she saw voters socially distancing and wearing their masks. Link said all polls opened on time and so far everything has been working correctly.
Akisha Wims voted at the Wells Recreational Center and said once she got checked in, she was out in less than five minutes.
“Everybody knew what they were doing. I was happy,” Wims said.
As of Monday morning, more than 226,000 mail-in ballots have been returned in Palm Beach County. They are already being counted but results will not be released in until Election Day.
Voters will notice there are 25 mail-in- ballot drop-off vans at strategic locations throughout the county.
In-person early voting is available at 18 different sites.
Registered voters have plenty of options, according to the supervisor of elections.
“Throughout the county, the advantage is you don’t have to vote at any particular site. You can go to any early voting site in the county,” Sartory Link said.
So, there are a total of 29 options, including secure ballot boxes, ballot drop-off vans and in-person voting sites.
Voting sites are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. now through Nov. 1.
WHEN: Monday, October 19 through Saturday, October 31 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Elections Center- 135 SE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, Stuart
- Hoke Library-1150 Jack Williams Way, Jensen Beach
- Robert Morgade Library-5851 SE Community Dr, Stuart
- Hobe Sound Library-10595 SE Federal Hwy, Hobe Sound
- Peter & Julie Cummings Library-2551 SW Matheson Ave, Palm City
- Elisabeth Lahti Library-15200 SW Adams Ave, Indiantown
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY
WHEN: Monday, October 19 through Saturday, October 31 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Indian River County Main Library- 1600 21st StVero Beach FL 32960
- Sebastian City Hall- 1225 Main StreetSebastian FL 32958
- Supervisor of Elections Office- 4375 43rd AveVero Beach FL 32967-1064
ST. LUCIE COUNTY
WHEN: Monday, October 19 through Saturday, October 31 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Orange Blossom Business Center – 4132 Okeechobee Road, Ft. Pierce
- Zora Neale Hurston Library – 3008 Avenue D, Fort Pierce
- Port St. Lucie Community Center – 2195 SE Airoso Blvd, Port St. Lucie
- Port St. Lucie Civic Center – 9221 SE Civic Center Pl, Port St. Lucie
- Paula A. Lewis Library – 2950 SW Rosser Blvd, Port St. Lucie
WHEN: Monday, October 19 through Saturday, October 31 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: Supervisor of Elections Office/Historic Courthouse- 304 NW 2nd St. Okeechobee, FL 34972
WHEN: Monday, October 19 through Sunday, November 1 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- African-American Research Library, 2650 Sistrunk Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale.
- Broward Health North, Conference Room, 201 E. Sample Road, Deerfield Beach.
- Coral Ridge Mall, North or Northwest Entrance, 3200 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale.
- Davie/Cooper City Library, 4600 SW 82nd Ave, Davie.
- Emma Lou Olson Civic Center, 1801 NE 6th St., Pompano Beach.
- Fort Lauderdale Branch Library, 1350 E. Sunrise Boulevard, Room 139, Fort Lauderdale.
- Hallandale Beach Cultural Community Center, 410 SE 3rd St., Hallandale Beach.
- Miramar Branch Library, 2050 Civic Center Place, Miramar.
- Hollywood Branch Library, 2600 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood.
- Nob Hill Soccer Club, 1020 Sunset Strip, Sunrise.
- North Regional Library, 1100 Coconut Creek Boulevard, Coconut Creek.
- Northwest Regional Library, 3151 University Drive, Coral Springs.
- Nova Southeastern University, Alvin Sherman Library, 3301 Ray Ferrero Jr. Boulevard, Davie.
- Pine Trails Park Amphitheater, 10555 Trails End, Parkland.
- E. Pat Larkins Community Center, 520 Martin Luther King Boulevard, Pompano Beach.
- Lauderhill Mall, 1519 NW 40th Ave., Lauderhill.
- South Regional Library, 7300 Pines Boulevard, Pembroke Pines.
- Southwest Regional Library, 16835 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines.
- Tamarac Branch Library, 8701 W. Commercial Boulevard, Tamarac.
- West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Boulevard, Plantation.
- Weston Branch Library, 4205 Bonaventure Boulevard, Weston.
- Women’s Club of Wilton Manors, 600 NE 21st Court, Wilton Manors.