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Updated: 8/13/2013 11:42 pm

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- City council has voted to move the Supervisor of Elections office out of the Gateway Mall.

City council isn't where Congresswoman Corrine Brown usually fights for her causes. But Tuesday ,she came to city council pleading with it to not take away elections services from Gateway Mall.

But in a matter of seconds, the Gateway Mall lease was shot down.

"This is a sad day for Jacksonville," said Congresswoman Brown.

Minutes after Gateway was denied, council approved the lease for One Imeson. "The best use of a warehouse is a warehouse, not retail shopping," said Councilman Bill Bishop.

This vote comes following months of bickering, and tensions were high Tuesday. One taxpayer says the decision between the two properties should have been easy.

 "They're supposed to serve us and the goal should be to save as much money as possible," said taxpayer Rickie Moesner.

Some council members say the year of free rent at One Imeson, along with less than $23 ,000 a month in rent after that, was the right move.

But the congresswoman says saving money wasn't the reason behind this decision. "It's clearly a way to disenfranchise or oppress the African-American vote," said Congresswoman Brown.

So, even after this vote, the battle over the supervisor of elections office may not be over yet. The mayor could still veto the plan. That would mean staying at Gateway under a $51,000-a-month lease.

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DianeSanJose - 8/18/2013 9:03 AM
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She is such an embarrassment. How dare she call Jerry Holland a racist and a liar for trying to save Duval County some money by moving a WAREHOUSE! The polling place at Gateway IS NOT MOVING. It is clear who the racist is here.

1country - 8/14/2013 2:45 PM
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does she not have a clue how close those two locations are to each other?? why does it matter,they all get bussed from church to vote anyway!!!

Matt32218 - 8/14/2013 1:52 PM
2 Votes
Amen to that. Also... "There is nothing but mosquitoes there, big ones." What was that suppose to mean?

FlSunRise87 - 8/14/2013 1:39 PM
2 Votes
How is saving almost 30k a month PLUS one year free rent supressing african american voters? I'm not sure HOW this woman was elected into congress but Ms. Brown is obviously mentally challenged. This is a finacially smart move, not racism, the end.

jaxnativeborn - 8/14/2013 12:49 PM
2 Votes
I was born in Jacksonville and have voted since I was 18 years old and I cannot remember at any time when race was an issue for any voting location. We ARE ALL citizens where the color of your skin has nothing to do with where you vote or train your citizens to work the polls. Give it up MS. Brown, everyone is so over the playing the race card evertime things go another directions. You would hope as one of our city's rep. you would be on board to save the city money...Wake UP...

tlynn - 8/14/2013 8:25 AM
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This IS NOT about disenfranchising the black community, Ms. Brown! Nor is it about oppressing the black vote! It IS about what is best for ALL of the taxpayers in this city. Getting the best deal, and saving us money! I'm sure that your friends, Ms. Brown, can find new tenants for this "Mall". And I agree with the others here… Quit trying to always pull the race card! That is really getting old.

wishmistress - 8/14/2013 4:27 AM
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I will personally buy her a 1-way ticket back to Africa. This is America. Not Africa. As soon as these race rioters stop instigating trouble, the rest of the American people will be able to live in harmony. Go away, troublemaker! The taxpayers are tired of paying for your soapbox.

Terri75 - 8/14/2013 2:38 AM
5 Votes
is corrine brown the slumlord at Gateway? stupid race card crap needs to STOP!!!
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