One week until Election Day; 8% have already voted
With a week to go until Election Day, about 8% of registered voters in Duval County have already cast their ballots.
A total of 24,400 Democrats and 22,044 Republicans had voted as of 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, along with 5,634 with no party affiliation and 584 others, according to the Supervisor of Elections Office.
Under Duval County's unitary election system, all registered voters, regardless of party affiliation, can vote for mayor, property appraiser and at-large City Council seats. Most voters also will select a City Council representative from their district.
If no candidate wins more than 50% of the vote on March 21, the top two finishers will advance to a runoff May 16.
Early in-person voting began March 6 in Duval County and continues through May 19. Registered voters can vote at any early voting site until then. You must vote in your assigned precinct on Election Day.
Both parties are pushing to get their voters to the polls. The Duval County GOP issued an appeal Tuesday morning saying "the stakes could not be higher!"
"The Democrats are surging in voter turnout as we speak!" the email said."They want to win. They're hungry for it."
On the Democratic side, state party Chairwoman Nikki Fried came to Jacksonville on Monday to "encourage voters to make their voices heard."
More Democrats than Republicans are registered to vote in Duval County — 258,568 to 230,145, according to the Florida Division of Elections. Duval also has 154,427 registered with no party affiliation and 12,516 with other parties.
Although more Democrats have voted so far, Republicans tend to turn out more heavily on Election Day,
As of Tuesday morning, 27,840 people had voted by mail and 24,816 in person.