JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Poll workers were busy at the election center Monday, setting up for voters to elect the next mayor and city council members in Jacksonville.
Early voting brought in about 13.8% of registered voters in Duval County.
Poll workers who have to set up 186 precincts around the city said they’re optimistic about the election.
“I’m excited, I’m hoping it will be a great time,” Velma Rounsville said. “I’m a little disappointed in how people have been turning out, and I just hope there is a great turnout on election day. That’s what I hope for.”
On Monday, Supervisor of Elections Mike Hogan talked about voter turnout.
“Right now I’m thinking maybe 25 to 30 [percent],” he said.
Hogan admitted the low turnout was a disappointment.
“I think everybody should vote,” he said. “It’s a responsibility. As a citizen, it’s your job.”
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Election workers will review some of the vote-by-mail ballots to determine ones that had problems and look at the voter intent. About 4,000 more Democrats than Republicans have turned out in early voting and vote-by-mail. But, Hogan did say that more Republicans vote on Election Day.
“I’m hoping for a steady day and we get a good group of people, and we have a very patriotic group that comes to our precinct. We have a good time interacting with the community,” Betty McKim said.
Vote-by-mail ballots must be in by 7 p.m. Tuesday. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.