Primary Election Day in Florida will go ahead as scheduled Tuesday despite the coronavirus threat.
Florida Secretary of State Laurel Lee says the decision is based on guidance from the Florida Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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“Precinct-based voting, where voters within a community cast a ballot, is nothing like the large gatherings our health professionals are encouraging Floridians to avoid. Voting is quick. It is community based and voters and election workers can follow all health and safety precautions.”
For voters who are sick or who may be worried about going to the polls on Tuesday, Duval County Elections Supervisor Mike Hogan says absentee, or vote-by-mail ballots, are an option.
“They can call in and designate someone to pick that up for them and it has to get back to us, of course, before 7 p.m.”
All vote-by-mail ballots must be returned to the Supervisor of Elections Office in Downtown Jacksonville by 7 p.m. Tuesday. Absentee ballots will also be available on election day in all 67 Florida counties.
Polls are open Tuesday from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.
WJCT will be airing a special edition of The Florida Roundup live from 7 -8 p.m., followed by NPR on-air presidential primary night coverage starting at 8 p.m. on 89.9 FM. It will will also be streamed at WJCT.org and in the WJCT app. WJCT.org will also have constantly updated returns and a live blog that includes Florida and the other states holding primaries Tuesday.