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Voting Underway In Jacksonville Primary Elections

It’s one month until primary election day in Jacksonville, but voting is already underway.

Duval County Elections Supervisor Jerry Holland says absentee ballots are already flowing into his office. 

As of Tuesday, Holland said the elections office had received more than 3,000 votes in the March 24 primary election. As of Thursday afternoon, that number has climbed above 6,000,

“We’re looking for something like a 35 percent turnout which is really going to be disappointing, but that’s kind of what the past predicts,” Holland said.

Of 19 Jacksonville City Council seats, 16 are still up for election. The other three seats have already been reclaimed by Bill Gulliford, Lori Boyer and Danny Becton, by virtue of their being unopposed. Four candidates are running for mayor. And seven are vying to be Duval County Sheriff.

The ballot also gives voters a say on two referenda: a non-binding straw poll regarding the residency of city workers, and an ordinance pertaining to the city’s ethics code and the office of Inspector General.

Cyd Hoskinson began working at WJCT on Valentine’s Day 2011.