Absentee ballots sent out for Nov. 4 election


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Absentee ballots have been sent out and early voting is right around the corner for the Nov. 4 gubernatorial election.

Monday is the last day to register to vote and be eligible to participate in the upcoming election.

A recent government study shows Florida has the longest wait times for voting in the country. Jacksonville averages about 30 minutes.

Duval County Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland was worried he would have to cut early voting sites and hours for the upcoming election, but that's not going to happen.

"No, we are set. We are more efficient than we were before," Holland said. "We have less employees, but we have a well-trained team. We got our money restored in the budget for early voting and for the precincts, so we are all ready for the Nov. 4 election."

More than 73,000 ballots have been sent out. Of that number, 36,218 Republicans and 25,463 Democrats received ballots, while 11,680 were sent to voters who have not specified a party.

Voters who did not apply to get an absentee ballot by mail still can or can vote at the downtown office.

"They will be able to come in here and get their absentee ballot starting this week, and yes, they will be able to vote absentee here," Holland said.

Early voting will start later this month.

If you have any questions, you can contact the Supervisor of Elections Office and workers can let you know your registration status and you can vote absentee.

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