JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The state’s top elections official said it’s too soon to tell if the results of the primaries will be affected by the storm, but local elections officials will be prepared to make sure people can cast their ballots.
"We have a backup plan already in place," says Mike Hogan, Duval Supervisor of Elections.
And a backup to the backup.
“We have something else if the backup plan fails,” says Hogan.
Hogan said that even though Florida is no stranger to storms, severe weather in past years has hindered voters from casting their ballot.
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“The last mayoral race back in 2015, there was a rainstorm, and we believe that did impact the turnout,” he said.
While Hogan said he can’t comment on the storm's impact on a specific ballot item, like the pension amendment, he and his team are prepared to make sure as many voters get to the polls as possible.
“We have 199 precincts, and of course they operate on power, we have backup power plans on generators. We have teams who are ready to move in place. We have 50 rovers,” Hogan says.
Hogan also said the best backup plan is early voting.
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