JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Tuesday is the last day to vote in the upcoming general election in Florida and Georgia. The general election will be held Nov. 6, and a new governor will be elected in both states. Many other important races are on the ballot, as well as several amendments.
“I encourage all eligible Floridians who still need to submit a voter registration application to do so by the Oct.9 deadline,” said Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner. “You can register to vote online through the department’s secure, convenient and easy-to-use website RegisterToVoteFlorida.gov. Additionally, the department is extending the hours of operation of the Voter Assistance Hotline leading up to the deadline to ensure we are providing any needed assistance to Florida voters.”
Florida voters can register in a number of ways. Click on how to register to vote for more information. The Florida Voter Assistance Hotline, 866-308-6739, will be available to midnight Tuesday.
Georgia voters can visit the Georgia secretary of state 's website to see if they are registered or to register.
Early voting starts next Monday across Georgia and as early as Oct. 22 in Florida counties.
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Duval County supervisor of elections Mike Hogan urges voters to consider voting early or by mail for the general election because he is expecting about a 55 percent turnout.
"People vote when they're angry and when they're concerned," Hogan said.
The number of people registered as No Party Affiliation has grown, while the number of Republicans and Democrats have both dropped in Duval County, according to Hogan.
Hogan also said he has received several calls from voters concerned that Amendment 8 was left off their ballot. Amendment 8 will not be on any ballot in Florida because it was struck down after a lawsuit.