Early Voting

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Democrat Hillary Clinton holds a narrow lead in a new poll of Florida’s likely voters by the Public Opinion Research Laboratory at the University of North Florida.

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Sixty-five hundred Duval County voters cast ballots at early voting locations before lunchtime Monday, the first day of early voting in Florida. That’s in contrast to the 2,400 early votes cast on the entire first day of early voting in the August primary.

Fifty Florida counties will open early voting locations on Monday. Here's where they are in Northeast Florida, along with times and dates they'll be open before Election Day, Nov. 8. Registered voters can choose any early voting location in the county, unlike on Election Day, when they must vote in their precinct. 

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Early voting for the Aug. 30 primary election begins next week.

Early voting in Florida's presidential primary started Monday, Feb. 29, and runs through March 12 in Duval, Baker and 15 other counties.

State law lets counties get a jump on early voting before the official start on Saturday, March 5.

Early voting in Nassau County starts Friday, March 4, while early voting in Clay and St. Johns counties gets underway Saturday, March 5.

Early voting sites include public library branches and community centers. A list of times and locations can be found on each county's Supervisor of Elections website.

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Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner met with North Florida election supervisors, Friday to plan for 2016.


Most Florida counties are reporting a smooth and steady early voting and absentee turnout so far.

According to Duval County Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland, more than a million Floridians have voted ahead of the November 4th general election. He also heads the Florida State Association of Supervisor of Elections.

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Early voting begins Friday in Duval County for the Aug. 26 primary election.

Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland said every registered voter in the county should have already received a sample ballot with the races in which they’re eligible to vote.

“There’s three types of ballots: Republican, Democrat and non-partisan. There's a judicial race that will be on everyone’s ballot.  There’s also a straw ballot for libraries that is on everyone’s ballot," he said. "Also, there are some school board races on everyone’s ballot."

Gov. Rick Scott has signed a bill that will allow elections supervisors to expand early voting days and sites.

Scott signed the bill earlier today. It requires elections supervisors to hold eight days of early voting, but gives them the flexibility to hold up to 14 days. That includes the option of the Sunday before Election Day.

Florida was criticized nationally for long lines and counting delays during the 2012 presidential election and many blamed, in part, Scott and the Republican-led Legislature's 2011 decision to cutback early voting from 14 to 8 days.

Many South Florida voters were still in line to cast ballots during the 2012 election hours after President Barack Obama had been declared the winner.

Twelve years after hanging chads and the infamous election recount, Florida was again a national punchline last November.

A bill that would expand early voting in Florida is now headed to Gov. Rick Scott.

The Miami Herald/Tampa Bay Times' Tallahassee Bureau reports the House and Senate approved the bill Friday, the last day of the legislative session. It would allow elections supervisors to hold up to 14 days of early voting instead of the current eight days. It also would expand sites where early voting can be held.