12.4% have voted early in Jacksonville election

Voting available at 20 locations around Jacksonville

By Steve Patrick - News4Jax digital managing editor, Francine Frazier - Senior web producer

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Over two weeks of early voting for Jacksonville's first 2019 election, 12.4 percent of eligible voters cast ballots.

According to the Supervisor of Elections Office, 74,883 people have cast ballots for mayor, sheriff, property appraiser, tax collector and City Council members -- either by mail or at one of the early voting sites.

Polling places were set up at more than a dozen libraries, on two college campuses and at the central Supervisor of Elections Office downtown. During early voting, ballots can be cast at any early-voting location. On Election Day, voters can only vote at their assigned precinct near their home.

In order to vote at the polls during early voting or on Election Day, citizens must show a current and valid picture and signature identification. (List of acceptable forms of photo identification) If your photo identification does not contain your signature, you will be required to show an additional form of identification that provides your signature.

Absentee voting, or voting by mail, continues through the close of business on March 19. Voters can pick up a mail-in ballot at the Supervisor of Elections office at any time up to and including Election Day.

Duval County Supervisor of Election Mike Hogan said vote-by-mail ballot returns are higher than they were four years ago -- the last city election. He was originally cautiously optimistic that total turnout when the polls close Tuesday could reach 25 to 30 percent.

But last week, he lowered his estimate to 23 percent.

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