Ready, select, vote: Early voting starts tomorrow in Florida


Jacksonville, Florida. Voters were already in line when personal polling sites opened in Georgia and other states, and Florida election observers are expecting crowds on Monday when early voting begins in Jacksonville and most other counties.

“It’s going to be ‘Katie, close the door’ until November 3rd,” Duval County superintendent Mike Hogan told News4Jax on Sunday.

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, millions of Florida voters trying to avoid long lines on Election Day are expected to vote within two weeks of early voting. Hogan said masks are encouraged but not required in voting districts, and he has taken extra steps to ensure polling sites are completely cleaned.

Hogan said, “We are ready, and so prepared.” Morning show Friday. “We have one person in each area who does nothing but work in the sanitation areas and that means we will clean the contact surfaces throughout the day.”

There are 20 Early voting sites In Jacksonville it’s open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Sunday, November 1. Dozens of other locations open in neighboring counties on Mondays, but most of them end on Halloween. Some provinces only open personal websites later in the week.

Hogan said the busiest days at early polling sites are Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. To reduce waiting time, it is suggested to cast your vote on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.

In anticipation of demand, St. Johns County has opened more early voting locations this year.

“We have 10 locations in St. Johns County for Early Voting,” said St. John’s Election Supervisor Vicky Oaks. “We usually have seven early polling sites, so it’s great for St. Johns County to have ten sites that will open for 13 days and all of them are fully staffed.”

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Mailing ballot boxes

Sixteen days before Election Day, nearly 2.5 million ballot papers were received in the mail at election offices across the state – roughly the total number who voted in May in the 2016 election.

As of midday Sunday, the Duval County Election Office has already received 75,609 mail-order ballots. Hogan said last week that fewer than 1,000 of them had been reported and that voters had been contacted about a problem with their vote. Of these, more than 150 were corrected and returned to his office.

Specially designed mail-order ballot boxes will be placed at all early voting locations.

In Duval County, five of these early voting locations will also offer car transportation, Hogan said. The boxes will be clearly marked outside or on the inside, depending on the location.

“There will be two people guarding each box, and they will be affixed to stickers. You’ll know them when you see them,” Hogan said.

Mailed ballot boxes will only be available during early voting. After that time, you can either mail the ballot or have it delivered to the Superintendent of the election office in downtown Jacksonville.

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If you registered to vote by post but would like to vote in person, you can.

“A lot of people have ordered ballot papers in the mail as an emergency,” Hogan said. “We have always allowed anyone who received a mail ballot to vote early or on election day. Our system is smart. Only the first ballot will count.”

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Additionally, Hogan said, through a partnership with Jacksonville Jaguars, voters will be able to mail ballots at Lot J during the last week of early voting, the week of October 26.

Count the vote

With all indications of record turnout and an upcoming election, Hogan said his staff are doing their best to ensure the vote counting process goes smoothly, but are also preparing for what will happen when votes are counted and polls are likely. Disputed.

Remember the infamous hanging disaster of Chad in the year 2000 when rooms were packed with people watching and wondering about the outcome? With the ongoing pandemic, the election office wants to avoid a similar situation and has already sent a list of rules to party officials about voting board monitors.

The message said that all observers will be required to wear a face mask or face shield and that temperatures will be taken before they enter the room. Seating will be arranged for social distancing, which means space is limited.

“If the number of people who wish to monitor is more than the available seats, the observers may be required to observe for a limited period to accommodate all persons who wish to observe,” the letter said. Party representatives / nominated candidates must have priority in sitting; However, it may be limited to one per party / candidate if there are more observers than the available space. “

To read the full list of restrictions, click here.

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