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Almost 3,900 vote in Duval on first day of early voting

A voter casts his ballot in an earlier election.
David J. Phillip
A voter casts his ballot in an earlier election.

Nearly 5% of the eligible voters in Duval County have already cast ballots for the primary election on Aug. 23.

At least 3,872 people voted in person Monday on the first day of early voting. More than 28,300 have voted by mail.

Registered Democrats have cast 14,410 ballots, Republicans 13,541 and no party affiliation 3,791, according to elections office data at 6 p.m.

Duval County has 20 early voting sites for this election, which includes countywide voting for sheriff and a referendum on a 1-mill increase in taxes for Duval Schools, as well as a mix of congressional, state and local positions. State races include governor and two Cabinet seats.

Jacksonville today has been compiling voter guides to many of the mostly hotly contested races and issues locally. You can find them all here.

In many races, voters can vote only for candidates of their own party, but all Duval voters can vote for sheriff and on the school tax. Duval voters can see a sample ballot for your registered address here.

Unlike Election Day, when voters must cast their ballots at their precinct, early voting can be done at any of the early voting sites, which will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Aug. 21.

Statewide, early in-person voting began Monday in 20 of Florida's 67 counties. All will have begun early voting by Saturday. Nearly 800,000 people statewide have voted by mail.

Early voting starts Wednesday in Nassau County and Saturday in Clay and St. Johns counties. All three continue through Aug. 20.

Randy comes to Jacksonville from the South Florida Sun Sentinel, where, as metro editor, he led investigative coverage of the Parkland school shooting that won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for public service. He has spent more than 40 years in reporting and editing positions in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Ohio and Florida. You can reach Randy at or on Twitter, @rroguski.