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Leaky roof threatens millions of dollars worth of election equipment

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Updated: 7/03/2013 12:05 am
JACKSONVILLE Fla.-- Just one tiny drop of water could cause serious damage to millions of dollars worth of brand-new Duval County election equipment. So when Action News found multiple signs of leaks where they're being stored, we wanted to know what was being done about it.

Supervisor of elections Jerry Holland tells Action News he's been trying to get to the bottom of the problem on top of his office building for years. He says the landlord at the Gateway Mall has nearly patched up the leaks, but they keep coming back.

"What are they doing because they really won't let us see it," said Holland.

Action news reached out the building's chief maintenance manager to see if we could get a look at the leaks, but he wouldn't let us.

Action News also requested to speak to the buildings landlord, and we are still waiting to hear back from him.

Holland wants the roof replaced entirely. He says taxpayer should see return on their big investment in their right to vote.

"The bottom line is we're paying a top dollar over there over 50 thousand dollars a month and it's not what you expect," said Holland.

Right now the supervisor of elections is leasing the space on a month by month basis. The city is looking to sign a long lease to keep them at the Gateway Mall or move elsewhere in the coming months. Holland says if the landlord doesn't make a permanent fix, he'll recommend a move.

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