TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Early voting in Florida’s contested presidential primary is starting.

Several counties are scheduled to open early voting sites on Monday. The mandatory early voting period runs starts Saturday through March 12, but the law now allows election supervisors to open polling places a few days earlier.

Seventeen counties, including Duval, Hillsborough, Lake, Miami-Dade, Orange and Santa Rosa, are scheduled to open polling places for early voting. Counties usually set up early voting sites in libraries and government buildings.

Florida’s presidential primary is March 15 and only voters who are already registered Democrat or Republican may vote in it.

While many candidates have pulled out of the race, the ballot will feature 13 Republican candidates and three Democratic ones.

 

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