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Prepare for primary elections

by: Jessie McDonough Updated:


It is Election Day in Florida; make sure you are prepared as you head out to the polls.

Three things to know before you go to the polls:

  1. This is a primary election, so only voters who have registered as a Democrat or Republican will be able to vote.
  2. Bring a valid photo ID, such as a driver's license.
  3. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

There are two big races on the ballot this election year: the governor’s race and the congressional race. In Duval County, there are a couple of school board races.

Two congressional seats are also up for grabs. In the 4th Congressional District, Incumbent Republican Ander Crenshaw will face off against Ryman Shoaf. 

In the 5th Congressional District, Republican Thuy Lowe goes against Republican Glo Smith, and the winner will face incumbent Democrat Corrine Brown.

Complete coverage of the Primary Elections

Governor Rick Scott goes against two opponents in the Republican race, and former Gov. Charlie Crist faces off with Nan Rich in the Democratic race.

The national polls show Scott with a one-point lead over Crist, making it a close race. However, low voter turnout could give Gov. Scott the upper hand.

Voter turnout has been relatively low so far with only 39,000 out of 553,000 eligible voters casting their ballot. That is about 7 percent of voters. The overall turnout is expected to be about 21 percent, which is a little less than four years ago.

“You’re not seeing a lot of turnout in the urban core – there’s something for everyone to go to the polls,” said Duval County Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland. “Some polling places have changed so it’s important to call your local election center and check its location.”

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