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Election Day has arrived. Who will become Jacksonville's mayor?

Bill Bortzfield

Election Day has arrived in Jacksonville, and more than 1 in 5 people have already voted.

A total of 28,678 Election Day voters had cast ballots by noon today — 9,621 Democrats, 15,605 Republicans and 3,111 with no-party affiliation.

More than 127,000 other people voted early, either by mail or in person. That included 58,702 Democrats, 52,571 Republicans and 14,297 with no party affiliation.

Democrats tend to vote early more often than Republicans, who tend to turn out more heavily on Election Day.

Overall turnout amounted to almost 24% of registered voters as of noon. Election officials have predicted that 37% of voters will vote by the end of today. About 26% voted in the first election in March, when Democrat Donna Deegan and Republican Daniel Davis finished as the top two candidates for mayor.

Voters will choose between Davis and Deegan today, but the ballot also includes a number of City Council races and the Duval County property appraiser.

READ MORE about the candidates in Jacksonville Today's Voter Guides.

Polls are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. You need a valid photo ID and signature ID to vote. If you do not have those at the polls, you should be allowed to cast a provisional ballot.

These photo IDs are acceptable: a Florida driver's license, Florida ID card issued by a state agency, U.S. passport, military ID, student ID, retirement center ID, veteran health ID, concealed carry license or a government-issued employee ID.

You can see a sample ballot and find your polling place here.

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.