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.