JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- With less than 24-hours before the polls open on election day, the Duval County Supervisor of Elections office is hard at work. "We had over 173,000 vote at the early voting site. Plus another 69,000 vote by mail, so right now about 45% of our voters have already voted," says Duval County Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland.
It was nearly record numbers at the polls for early voting this election. Almost 40% of all Florida voters have already cast a ballot. That's about 4 1/2 million Floridians, out of the total 12-million registered voters in the state.
But if you're one of those voters who missed early voting, or are unable to make it to the polls Tuesday, you are in luck. "If for some reason you're going to be out of town Tuesday and can't vote Tuesday there's still an option today for you. Vote an absentee ballot right there in the office and turn it in right there when you're there," says Holland. You can only cast an instant absentee ballot at the Supervisor of Elections Office downtown.
For folks heading to the polls Tuesday , Holland recommends you do three things before going to vote. One, know your polling location. Two, bring proper identification, like a drivers license or passport, something with a picture and signature identification. And three, come prepared. Have a sample ballot filled out if you need to, and make sure you familiarize yourself with the amendments. "You really want to do your homework when you come and bring your sample ballot with you into the booth and move your selections over from that," says Holland.
There are 197 polling locations in Duval County. They will be open Tuesday from 7 a-m to 7 p-m.