Published: Aug 26, 2014 3:47 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 26, 2014 4:38 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Voters across the state are heading to the polls in today's primary election.

The governor's race is on the ballot as well as several other high-profile races in Southwest Florida.  

But it's the people who never had to leave their home to vote that have our attention.

Requests in absentee ballots for the county have more than doubled.

The Lee County Supervisor of Elections office tells WINK News 99,000 voters have asked for mail in ballots this primary.

As of today, 62,000 of those ballots have been returned.

Vicki Collins of Lee County elections say those numbers have more than doubled since the last gubernatorial election in 2010.

Officials say the rise in numbers is due in part to convenience and new efforts by the department including tv, radio and newspaper advertisements.

You can request to have ballots mailed to you through the 2016 general election cycle.