(CNN) - With early voting in Florida already well underway, a sizeable number of votes may have already been cast for Florida Democratic Senate candidate, Rep. Kendrick Meek– but they would not have been certified if he were to drop his bid, according to the Florida Department of State.
As of Thursday, 774, 911 people had voted early in Florida, according to Jennifer Davis, communications director for the Florida Department of State.
Should a political party's nominee drop out before Election Day, the party could elect to provide a replacement candidate, Davis said. Any votes for the vacating candidate would then count toward the new nominee. However, if the party does not name a new candidate, the early votes would not be reported for anyone, and would not be certified by the state.
If someone had voted early and a candidate dropped out, the voter would not have an opportunity to change or re-vote regardless of what scenario played out, according to Davis.
Questions about Florida's early voting, which began on October 18, arose Thursday night amid reports that former President Bill Clinton had tried to persuade Meek to drop out of the three-way Senate race.
But Meek has since denied any intent to end his bid, and told CNN on Friday that it was Gov. Charlie Crist who asked him to step aside. Crist is running as an independent in the race.
Several recent polls show Republican Marco Rubio with a comfortable lead over Crist, while Meek trails by double digits. Some have suggested that if Meek were to drop out, it would clear the way for more Democrats to vote for Crist.