20% voter turnout in City Council special election: Higher than anticipated
In a special election Tuesday that was triggered by a runoff for the Jacksonville City Council At-Large Group 3 seat, Republican Nick Howland clinched 51% of the vote to his Democratic opponent Tracye Polson, who received 48% of the vote.
Should details of elections security breaches in Florida be kept from the public?
“Shouldn’t the public know if there is a security breach,” Wilcox told the USA Network. In 2015, there was an election security hack in Florida that involved several counties. The exact details of that have still not been made public, and that would still be the case under the new proposal. If Broxson’s proposal passes, information about hacks would have to come from the state division of elections and not local supervisors. He said if there is a breach in security, information about that breach would have to come from police agencies, not his office.
How many votes in metro Jacksonville were rejected and why?
JACKSONVILLE, FLa. – While we watch ballots being counted around in other battleground states, the process has pretty much ended in Florida. A total of 258 mail-in ballots were rejected in Jacksonville because the signature on the ballot envelope didn’t match the one on file and the voter did not respond by the deadline. During early voting or on Tuesday, 1,117 people cast provisional ballots because they couldn’t produce photo identification. In St Johns County, there were 132 mail ballots that were rejected because of signatures and 122 provisional ballots were not accepted. Clay County had 258 vote-by-mail ballots rejected and only four provisional ballots from in-person voting that were not accepted.
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4:36 a.m.Former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump are in a dead heat in the race for Georgia. Currently, former Vice President Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump by just 11,438 votes statewide. The latest counts gives Trump’s Democratic challenger Joe Biden a small lead, but the race is still too early to call. The electoral vote has former vice president Joe Biden in front of President Donald Trump, 238-213, at this point. Mullaney adds an update on Wisconsin that helps out former vice president Joe Biden in the race for the White House.
Florida voters’ turnout highest in 28 years
But predictions that advance voting was to avoid in-person voting on Election Day were apparently true. While voting on Election Day was steady, it was far from record levels. The highest turnout this year was in Collier County, with 90.1%, and Sumter County, with 87.9%. General election turnout in Florida over the last 30 yearsDuval CountyOn Sunday, as two weeks of early voting ended, Duval County Supervisor of Elections Mike Hogan predicted an 85-92% turnout. “The surprise for me was the low turnout,” Duval County Supervisor of Elections Mike Hogan said.
What happens if the ballot reading machine isn’t working?
Elections officials acknowledged the problem and said it was resolved by rebooting the machine, which has since been working correctly. Voter Alice Nelson told News4Jax that a precinct manager explained the contingency plan when she asked what they were supposed to do. But he said voters who had to leave a ballot in an emergency box are invited to come back and watch all the ballots from the box as they are run through the machine. “As far as I’m concerned, my ballot could have been put into the garbage can,” Nelson said. Hogan said he understands the skepticism, particularly because Florida protects ballot secrecy and there’s no way to know once your ballot is in the box which one it was.
Duval County Supervisor of Elections Mike Hogan shares advice for those who haven’t voted yet
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Duval County Supervisor of Elections Mike Hogan appeared Sunday on “This Week in Jacksonville" ahead of Election Day. Hogan reminded voters that Election Day is always busy and there are usually lines, so if voters come prepared, the lines will be shorter. “And we still believe that.”But he went on to say there was a spike in provisional ballots this week. “So we’re right at 500, I think, provisional ballots," Hogan said. We want to get ahead of that as best we can.”As far as projected voter turnout, Hogan said: “We’ve always looked at between 85% turnout to 92% turnout.”As of Sunday morning, Hogan said, turnout was around 57%.
Record-setting early voting ends in Jacksonville
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – More than 60% of Duval County voters had cast ballots when two weeks of early voting ended Sunday evening -- that’s 399,049 ballots cast. In Nassau County where the polls closed at 6 p.m., there was a 69% turnout with 1,605 mail-in and early voting ballots. In Bradford County, there was a 50% turnout with 414 mail-in and early voting ballots Sunday. Across Florida, voting by mail and at early, in-person voting sites came in faster than ever before. Secure drop boxes are available at each county’s supervisor of elections office and, during voting hours, at all early voting sites.
More than 120,000 Duval County voters have already cast ballots
There were also long lines again Tuesday at several early voting sites across Duval County. At the Election Center on the Northside, workers were busy opening vote-by-mail ballots. The ballots were signatures that have been verified are being processed and counted. Duval Supervisor of Elections Mike Hogan says some of the ballots were filled out incorrectly. As of Tuesday afternoon, 587 people in Duval County have questionable signatures.
Lines move quickly as Floridians begin early voting
Photos showed lines outside early voting sites in Duval, St. Johns, Clay and Nassau counties. The early voting sites in Jacksonville are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Monday through Sunday, Nov. 1. At one of Duval County’s two newest early voting sites -- the Prime Osborn Convention Center -- there was no line. It’s going to be fine.”Anticipating the demand, St. Johns County opened more early voting sites this year. Boxes specially designed for mail-in ballots will be placed at all early voting locations.
What you need to know about early voting in Jacksonville
JACKSONVILLE, FLa. – Duval County Supervisor of Elections Mike Hogan said he is expecting huge crowds on Monday when the early voting period opens in Jacksonville for the 2020 General Election. Early voting locations are open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Oct. 19 until Nov. 1. RELATED: Early voting in Florida: Where, when to cast ballotsThe Supervisor’s Office is preparing for a very contentious election. Boxes specially designed for mail-in ballots will be placed at all 20 early voting locations in Duval County starting at 7 a.m. Monday. "You’ll know them when you see them.”Five of those early voting locations will offer drive-through service as well, Hogan said.
Nearly 500 Jacksonville mail-in ballots in question due to signature issues
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Duval County continues to set a record for the number of mail-in ballots that have been submitted this early in the election process. News4Jax has also learned there is at least 478 vote-by-mail ballots in question because the signatures don’t match what’s on file in the elections office. Those ballots can still be counted once the signature can be verified. Voter Alea Tukes was dropping off her ballot at the Supervisor of Elections office in downtown Jacksonville on Tuesday morning. To avoid the problems with your signature altogether you can go to the Supervisor of Elections Office in your county and check to verify your signature to see if it’s changed from the signature that is on file.
Duval County’s elections office vandalized overnight
Duval County Supervisor of Elections Mike Hogan the vandalism was unfortunate but he wasn’t surprised. The incident didn’t delay the elections office from opening or people from dropping off vote-by-mail ballots in the dropbox outside. This wasn’t the first time the Supervisor of Elections Office has been vandalized. The office was damaged during the unrest downtown in late May, part of nationwide protests after the death of George Floyd. According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office criminal mischief report, the case referred to the detective division for a follow-up.
Early voting sites were moved. A civil rights group calls it a ‘dirty trick’
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – With the election about a month away, and thousands already voting by mail and early voting due to start in weeks, there is a new concern now about moving early voting sites. A group made up of the local American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), ministers and students is worried about changes concerning two early voting sites. This election, early voting locations have been moved away from Edwards Waters College to the Prime Osborn Convention Center. “We demand that voting sites on our campus and other campuses be restored,” Seabrook said. Duval County Supervisor of Elections Mike Hogan said there is one reason why he moved the sites.
With 10,000 mail ballots in the last 2 days, Duval County voters continue to shatter records
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – More than 17,000 vote-by-mail ballots have arrived at the Duval County Supervisor of Elections Office as of Thursday. Of the 17,000, 10,000 ballots have arrived in just the last two days. Many people continue to show up in person to drop off ballots including Kevon Casswell, 19, who is registering to vote for the first time. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church who voiced numerous concerns in the past about how the supervisor office is handling this election. Hogan and others are waiting to see what will happen when early voting begins Oct. 19 .
Civil rights groups voice concerns after thousands of Duval residents removed from voter rolls
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – There are new concerns from several Florida civil rights groups that some people in Duval County are not being allowed to vote. They are referring to a list of people removed or purged from voter rolls for various reasons. Robert Candela went to the Supervisor of Elections office in downtown Jacksonville on Wednesday to find out if he is eligible to vote. Duval County’s Supervisor of Elections Mike Hogan says that is far from the truth. An attorney for the Florida Democratic Party Voter Protection Team says Duval County is rejecting voter applications at a high rate as compared to other parts of the state.
‘I don’t trust the mail': Jacksonville voters flock to cast ballots early in person
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – It’s less than 36 days until election day and ballots are already pouring into the Supervisor of Elections Office in Duval County. On Friday, News4Jax reported voters don’t have to wait to cast their ballots. “Well, I voted like this because I don’t trust the mail. And I don’t really trust standing in line on the third because they might just slam the doors on us,” Summers said. “I don’t trust the mail because of all of the hoopla,” Hardwick said.
Florida vote-by-mail ballots are being sent out: What you need to know
Hogan said ballots sent through the mail have to pass through a lot of hands: From the Supervisor of Elections Office, the U.S. In Florida, the ballot needs to be received at the county’s election office at the same time the polls close on Election Day, 7 p.m. Nov. 3. RELATED: How voting early, by mail or absentee varies across AmericaOverall, more than 4.7 million vote-by-mail ballots have been requested by Florida’s 13.89 million voters. As of Wednesday, Democrats statewide had requested 2.18 million ballots to 1.48 million sought by Republicans. In 2016, when 3.47 million vote-by-mail ballots were sent out, Republicans returned 1.08 million of the ballots and Democrats returned 1.03 million, as President Donald Trump won the state by 112,911 overall votes.
Avoid these common mistakes made when filling in, returning mail-in ballots
He said voters made several mistakes during the primary with their mail-in ballots by not following the directions. Scribbling a signatureIf your signature on the mail-in ballot is not legible, it will be rejected for a mismatched signature. If the elections' office does not have your updated address, you will not receive your mail-in ballot. How to properly seal the mail-in ballot envelopeThe mail-in ballot signature is on the outside of the envelope you will receive in the mail. In the state of Florida, mail-in ballots must be requested.
Activists want vote-by-mail ballots sent to all eligible Duval County voters
They said that should lead SOE Mike Hogan to encourage more voters to vote-by-mail by sending vote-by-mail applications to all eligible voters. Typically, Florida voters must request a vote-by-mail ballot. RELATED: With record number planning to vote by mail: What you need to knowThey said data from the August primary showed Duval County lagged behind comparable Florida counties in vote-by-mail participation and in 2018 Duval County had the fifth lowest vote-by-mail participation rate of any Florida county and by far the lowest rate for a mid-to-large county. The advocates said they don’t want voters to have to choose between exercising their right to vote and protecting their health. Late July, there were 264,000 fliers sent to people who typically do not vote by mail to tell them how they can participate.
Floridians living abroad cast their ballots by fax
Unlike most people, these voters will be able to cast their ballots via fax. On Friday, Duval County Supervisor of Elections Mike Hogan’s office mailed out several thousand ballots to Floridians living abroad. As Hogan noted, election supervisors are required by law to send ballots to citizens overseas at least 45 days before Election Day. “If they’re military overseas, there’s a way that they can fax their ballot back,” Hogan said. Ballots received from overseas can still be counted in the election up until Nov. 13, 10 days after Election Day.
Mail-in ballot requests hit record high in Jacksonville
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – More than 130,000 requests already have been received by the Duval County Supervisor of Elections for mail-in ballots. But even though you can wait that long, it’s recommended that you request your mail-in ballot sooner. Postal Service anticipates it might take at least a week to deliver mail-in ballots to election supervisors. Requests for mail-in ballots can be made online, over the phone or in person. Remember, a mail-in ballot must be received by 7 p.m. on Nov. 3 or else it will not be counted.
Community leaders demand more accessible voting in Duval County
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Local pastors, community leaders, and educators held a news conference Tuesday morning outside the Duval County Supervisor of Elections Office, calling on its leader -- Mike Hogan -- to make voting more accessible during the coronavirus pandemicPastor R.L. Gundy and other community leaders said theyve been requesting the changes for two years, pleading with Hogan to prioritize voter accessibility in every Jacksonville neighborhood. We need to go back to the same federal judge that ordered the early voting sites and let him take a look at what theyve been doing the last 16 years to suppress voters in Duval County, Gundy said. Hogan told News4Jax his office will not be sending vote by mail applications to every registered voter because his office already mailed voter information cards to more than 260,000 Duval County residents. Every bus in town goes to that hub, so voters will have greater access to that area.Hogan said plans are also in the works to use TIAA Bank Field as an early voting site.
Voting by mail expected to set records in November
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – With health experts predicting a second wave of the coronavirus could coincide with flu season, voting by mail in the November election will likely be the option a record number of Americans will use. This comes after a record number of Floridians voted by mail in the August primary and a majority of voters around the country are using the U.S. mail to avoid in-person voting despite precautions taken by election supervisors during the pandemic. In Duval County, about 123,000 voters requested mail ballots for the primary and 57,612 returned them. Hogan suggests voting as soon as the ballot arrives to ensure there’s plenty of time for it to get delivered to the elections office. If you would like to vote by mail, the deadline to request a ballot to be mailed is Oct. 24.
125,000 vote by mail ballots have been requested in Northeast Florida
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. In less than a month, mail-in ballots will be delivered to voters who have requested them for the November election. According to records as of Friday, over 125,000 mail-in ballots had been requested in Northeast Florida. Mone Holder, with the New Florida Majority, says she and other groups would like to see applications for mail ballots sent to each local voter directly without requesting it. Hogan says the best advice he can offer: Once the mail ballots are sent out, return them as quickly as possible. Tarik Minor is leading the experiment, making sure the envelopes look and feel the same as a mail-in ballot would.
Changes coming to sample ballots after reports of precinct confusion
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. After some Duval County voters raised concerns Tuesday about notification of precinct changes, a staff member in the Supervisor of Elections Office told News4Jax that precincts will be more prominently listed on Novembers sample ballots to avoid any future confusion. Voters can also quickly find their precinct on the Supervisor of Elections website by typing their address into the form on this page: https://www.duvalelections.com/Voter-Information/Precinct-Finder. Duval County Supervisor of Elections Mike Hogan said requests are already rolling in from voters who want mail ballots for the General Election in November. In the Florida Primary, nearly 58,000 voters in Duval County cast ballots by mail. For the primary, mail-in ballots had to be delivered to the Supervisor of Elections Office by 7 p.m. Tuesday to count.
Poll workers help voters prevent the spread of virus
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – At precincts across Florida on Tuesday, keeping people voters and poll workers safe from the potential spread of coronavirus was a priority. At precincts visited by News4Jax during the day, there was no trouble social distancing as there were few lines or crowds. “Supervisors have taken health precautions to keep others and election workers and safe and to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” Lee said. Spacing – Voting booths will be spaced to complement our social distancing efforts. Social distancing reminders – All voters will be encouraged to stay mindful of social distancing guidelines.
Mail-in ballots surpass early voting numbers in Duval County
This year is like no other because of the coronavirus pandemic, and mail-in ballots are playing a key role. Penny Janson is one of nearly 97,500 voters in Duval County who had already cast a ballot as of 2:40 p.m. Monday. As of Monday afternoon, more than 54,000 voters had done the same thing in Duval County, with mail-in ballots surpassing the number of people who voted early in-person (more than 43,400). After early voting, which ended Sunday, and with mail-in ballots that have arrived, turnout was just over 15% as of Monday afternoon. Hogan said people can drop off mail-in ballots at their office downtown at 105 East Monroe Street until 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Masks encouraged at early voting sites in Jacksonville
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Monday was the first day of early voting in Duval County for Floridas Aug. 18 primary. By Saturday, early voting locations will be open in all 67 counties. Voting booths are spread out at all 18 Duval County early voting sites, including the Highlands Regional Library and the San Marco Branch Library. Precautions are being taken, with all poll workers wearing masks and many of them wearing face shields. Click here for locations, dates and hours of early voting locations in every county in Northeast Florida.
24,000 vote-by-mail ballots already cast in Duval County
In Duval County, the big numbers already casting ballots are those voting by mail. Out of the nearly 640,000 registered voters in Duval County, 97,000 people have requested vote-by-mail ballots. At the Election Center on Jacksonvilles Northside, the vote-by-mail ballots were being sorted Monday. For me, its very obvious that mail ballot voting has more opportunity for fraud than early voting or election day voting, Hogan said. He added that when a person votes at a precinct or early voting site, they have to show their ID.
Pandemic, hurricane wont stop early voting from starting Monday
Hogan said he and other election supervisors put safety measures in place at the voting sites to protect everyone from the spread of coronavirus. Early voting dates and locationsScroll down for a text listing of all poll locations and links to your countys supervisor of elections office for more information. San Marco Branch Library, 1513 LaSalle StreetSouth Mandarin Branch Library, 12125 San Jose Blvd. These boxes are located inside the Supervisor of Elections office or the early voting room. Supervisor of Elections Office, 175 West Main Street, Lake ButlerAlachua County - Aug. 3-15 - all sites open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Early voting in Florida: Where, when to cast primary ballots
Nearly 4.3 million Florida voters had requested vote-by-mail ballots by Wednesday and more than 1.7 million have already returned their ballots. Early voting dates and locationsScroll down for a text listing of all poll locations and links to your county’s supervisor of elections office for more information. San Marco Branch Library, 1513 LaSalle StreetSouth Mandarin Branch Library, 12125 San Jose Blvd. These boxes are located inside the Supervisor of Elections office or the early voting room. Supervisor of Elections Office, 175 West Main Street, Lake ButlerAlachua County - Aug. 3-15 - all sites open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
It’s the last day to register to vote, change party or address before Florida primary
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Floridians face a Monday deadline to register to vote in next month’s primary elections. Also, voters will cast ballots in local races, many of which are nonpartisan. Among the high-profile local races that may be settled in the August primary this year are competitive sheriff’s contests in Clay and St. Johns counties. There are lots of races that are for everybody.”Voters who want to switch party affiliations or change their address also must make the changes by Monday. Statewide voter turnout during the 2018 primary elections was just 27%.
Lawsuit seeks mail ballots for every Florida voter
The lawsuit comes as a poll by a group calling itself Secure Democracy found overwhelming national support for everyone getting a mail ballot. And in-person voting is going to look different, said Hillsborough County Elections Supervisor Craig Latimer, who also serves as President of the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections. Most voters are already getting cards asking if they want a mail ballot. They want more days of early voting and longer times to mail and process ballots. Additionally, we agree with the assessment of the Florida Supervisors of Elections Association to increase early voting to three weeks to ensure proper social distancing.
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