Early voting opens in some FL counties; Trump opens ad volley targeting Biden

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Early voting will open in some Florida counties on Oct. 19, 2020, but mail-in ballots are already being returned.

Early voting began on Monday in some areas of Florida in advance of the Aug. 18 primary elections as President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign unleashed ads in Florida and other key states bashing Democrat Joe Biden.

State law permits early in-person voting beginning 10 days in advance of an election, but also allows counties to begin earlier than that if they wish.

Voters will narrow choices for state and local offices ahead of the general election on Nov. 3. Florida voters chose the presidential nominees in March.

Among the counties opening polling stations on Monday were Hillsborough, Leon, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Palm Beach, and Polk.

One of the pro-Trump ads argues that “Joe Biden has embraced the policies of the radical left” and would raise taxes, grant amnesty to millions of “illegal” immigrants, and reduce police funding. The other shows a woman holding large cards telling a similar message, including: “I won’t risk my children’s future with Biden.”

Those ads also will run in the early voting states of North Carolina, Georgia, and Arizona.

The Florida Democratic Party, meanwhile, promoted a livestream event scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday called, “Protecting the Latino Vote.” On his Facebook page, Biden himself commemorated the deaths of 23 people in a mass shooting one year earlier at an El Paso Wal-Mart and made this promise:

“It’s hard to believe this has to be said, but if I’m elected president, I’ll spend my Monday mornings working with our nation’s top experts to control this virus — not insulting them on Twitter.”