Published: Aug 22, 2010 12:30 AM EDT
Updated: Aug 21, 2010 9:30 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The early voting period for Florida's primary election has ended.

Early voting locations closed in Lee County on Saturday afternoon.

A final tally shows well over 13,000 voters in Lee County showed up early to cast their ballot.
     
Elections officials say the numbers show a significant uptick from years past.

"For the last gubernatorial, we had 6,000, and for the presidential primary, we had 8,000," said Carol Meyer with the Lee Co. Elections Supervisor's office.  "So it is encouraging."

The regular primary election is Tuesday.  Polls will be open from 7am until 7pm.