20 early voting sites to open in Duval County on Oct. 19th

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — If you’re planning to vote early and in person in Duval County, you’ll be able to do that soon.

Early voting starts Oct. 19 and will continue through Nov. 1.

According to data from the Supervisor of Elections, during the November 2018 election, 27% of eligible voters cast their ballot during the early voting period. (That’s more than 164,000 people.)

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With the consistent number of people who came down to the Supervisor of Elections to register to vote today, that early voting number could be even higher this election cycle.

Voters will have 20 different local places they can go to cast their ballot early for this year’s general election.

The Prime Osborne Center and the FSCJ Deerwood campus are the latest sites to be added to that list.

“Both of them give us an opportunity to reach out to people that have not been reached before,” said Robert Phillips, the chief elections officer at the Duval Supervisor of Elections.

However, two early voting sites will no longer be available to voters: EWC Schell-Sweet Community Center and UNF University Center.

“That is kind of unfortunate that those are being taken away. But we still have to push through it. People still have to go out and vote,” said Lemark Jamison. Jamison had the opportunity to register to vote for the first time today.

Phillips told Action News Jax’s Courtney Cole the two early voting sites were removed, as they weren’t getting a lot of use.

According to the data from the Duval Supervisor of Elections, during 2018′s November primary, there were 2,107 votes cast at the EWC’s early voting site and 3,413 at the UNF early voting site.

This turnout is low in comparison to sites such as the Beaches Branch Library that had 13,630 voters and South Mandarin Library Branch that had 12,626 voters in the November 2018 election.

In the map created for you below, the EWC and UNF voting sites are in red.

In blue, you can see UNF is in the middle of two other early voting sites, and the Prime Osborne is about a mile and a half away from EWC.

Early voting will go from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Oct. 19 through Nov. 1.

If you requested a vote-by-mail ballot, you could also drop it off at any early voting site using the drop boxes.

For all early voting locations visit: https://bit.ly/2Ss9oOH