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Jacksonville City Elections Are Tomorrow

Duval Elections Supervisor building
Ray Hollister

Jacksonville’s city elections are almost upon us. Voters will have their last chance to cast ballots Tuesday.

Duval County Elections Supervisor Jerry Holland says there are a few key things to keep in mind as you head to the polls.

“Make sure you know where your correct precinct is. Bring your sample ballot filled out; you know what you’re going to be seeing,” Holland said. “Also, bring one of the 9-forms of ID — most common is the driver’s license. But again, it doesn’t prevent you from voting provisional if you don’t have an ID.”

Holland says if you don’t know which precinct to go to, call his office at 904-630-1414 or go online to and click “precinct finder” at the top of the page.

WJCT spoke to people about their choices Monday in Hemming Park.

Alfonso Smoke, a 41-year-old pastor from Springfield was enjoying his lunch at a shaded table. He says Jacksonville needs a change.

Smoke said, “I voted already for Lenny Curry, I think we just need a change but regardless [of] if he wins or lose[s] both candidates just need to get together if they have the love of Jacksonville.”

On the other side of the park, and opposite from Smoke’s view, 39-year-old teacher Laura Shimer says Democratic Mayor Alvin Brown deserves a second term.

Shimer said, “I’m voting for Mayor Alvin Brown for Mayor because he has continued to bring jobs to our city. And you just take a look at Hemming Plaza, you take a look at all the things that he’s done, and it’s really culturally diversified now, and I think that he’s done a very good job overall.”

Tuesday’s match between Brown and Republican Lenny Curry is expected to be close. A record amount of money has been spent on campaigning during this election.

Polls are open from 7 Tuesday morning until 7 that evening.

Then, starting at 7,  tune in for WJCT News’ live team coverage of the election results hosted by Melissa Ross on 89.9 FM and online at

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