It's Election Day. Here's what's at stake.
The fate of a tax increase for Duval Schools will be decided today along with several local races.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for voting, which, depending on your party and location, will include races for local, state and congressional offices.
In Duval, today will determine the outcome of the countywide referendum for the 1-mill tax increase for public schools, which would be used to increase teacher salaries and to fund arts programs and sports. In addition, two Duval School Board races will be decided: the District 6 race between Tanya Hardaker and incumbent Charlotte Joyce and the District 2 race between incumbent Elizabeth Andersen and April Carney.
Several legislative races also will effectively be decided today without the need for a general election, including the four-way Democratic primary in Florida House District 14 and the Republican primaries for state House Districts 15 and 16. In those elections, there’s no major-party opposition and the only other candidates are write-ins, meaning today’s winners are likely to go to Tallahassee.
The five-candidate Duval sheriff special election also is on the ballot countywide today; it’s expected to winnow the field to two candidates who will proceed to a runoff in November.
Statewide, Democratic voters will choose whether Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried or former Gov. Charlie Crist will face current Gov. Ron DeSantis in the general election.
Statewide, more than 2.1 million people have already voted by mail or early in person. More than 101,000 have voted in Duval County — 54,166 Democrats, 46,994 Republicans and 10,364 no party affiliation.