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Controversial elections office move underway

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Updated: 10/07/2013 11:52 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It's moving month for the Supervisor of Elections office at the Gateway mall. Staff began boxing up ballots and electronic voting machines Monday.

Equipment worth about $4 million is in the process of being broken down, boxed up and taken to its new home at One Imeson.

Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland is going forward with the controversial move even though two pending lawsuits demand the elections office to stay put.

Victor Anki has owned Brothers 2000 for nearly 30 years. He says his northside business has never been busier since 2006 -- when the elections office moved in.

"I saw more traffic actually. Now that they're going to move, traffic is going to be way less," said Anki.

Holland commits an early voting site will remain close by in the Gateway community, so election traffic will remain the same as it's always been.

"What we're moving to One Imeson is basically where we store the equipment, where we do the training of our poll workers, and where our call center is," said Holland. "Early voting will stay in the Gateway community, we are committed to that."

It's a pricey project with one vote counter costing $30,000 to move. The overall cost will be around $100,000. One Imeson will foot the moving bill, as agreed in the new lease.

Holland predicts moving trucks will be here Oct. 21.

A federal judge recently struck down the request from Gateway's owners to block the move. Another lawsuit has been filed in a second attempt to keep the elections office at Gateway.
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