JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Students like Eva Mathews know just how important a vote can be. That's why she, along with fellow UNF students, are spreading the message. "We have volunteers going around campus and really bugging people to try to get up to date and get registered," she says.
With just about 24 hours left before the voter-registration cutoff, many last-minute voters are rushing to make sure their votes will count November 6th.
"This is the election we see the majority of our citizens, over 80% will participate. So if you're on the sidelines this is the time to get involved and get in," says Jerry Holland, Duval County Supervisor of Elections.
In fact, Holland says he expects about a few more thousand to register before the shut-off Tuesday night. And with Florida now having 29 electoral votes, he says it makes the swing state, even more important. "Florida's always been one of those swing states, depending on what side of the fence you're on. Either way could end up determining the outcome of the election as it did in 2000," he says.
"The more people who are registered, the more representative the electorate is of our actual population. Then their decisions made will reflect what the people want," says Mathews.
The elections office will remain open until 7:30, to ensure everyone has the opportunity to register to vote.