ELECTION ROUNDUP: Island Voters Near Evenly Divided

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been updated to include the results of a third precinct on Sanibel.

Sanibel and Captiva Islands reflected the close race between Republican President Donald Trump and Democrat President-elect Joe Biden in Florida. Trump ultimately won the state, but Lee County Elections website lee.vote shows islanders were near evenly divided.

Sanibel has three precincts. In Precinct 126, nearly 51 percent of the voters cast their ballot for Trump compared to 48 percent for Biden. That’s a difference of 50 votes. In Precinct 117, nearly 52 percent cast their ballot for Trump versus 47.4 percent for Biden – a difference of 82 votes. In Precinct 16, nearly 52 percent of the votes went to Biden compared to 47.45 percent for Trump – a difference of 67.

In total, there were 65 or 1.27 percent more votes for Trump of the 5,117 votes cast on the island.

Captiva voters cast 58 percent of the 270 total votes in favor of Trump and 42 percent for Biden. That’s a difference of 44 votes. Lee County Elections reports 108 Captivans voted by mail; 84 voted on election day and 14 voted early.

On Sanibel 3,555 islanders cast mail-in ballots; 418 voted early and 1,144 voted on election day. Lee County has 489,192 registered voters and nearly 81 percent of them voted in an election that had a historic turnout nationally.

November 3rd Election Voting Results

PlaceD. TrumpJ. Biden
Sanibel Precinct 16725 votes
47.45%
792 votes
51.83%
Sanibel Precinct 117989 votes
51.7%
907 votes
47.4%
Sanibel Precinct 126838 votes
50.94%
788 votes
47.9%
Captiva Precinct 17157 votes
58.15%
113 votes
41.85

How Sanibel & Captiva Islanders Voted

PlaceMail-In BallotsEarly VotingElection Day
Sanibel Precinct 161,108103325
Sanibel Precinct 1171,315170438
Sanibel Precinct 1261,132145381
Captiva Precinct 171801484

Comments (1)

  1. As a fairly new resident, I was cowed by the “Red” Florida. I put a “Love Everyone” sign in my yard because my courageous neighbor had one. Because of this article, I can breathe easy as I support President Biden who was legally elected.

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