On Tuesday, August 23rd, Duval County voters will go to the polls to vote on several Democratic Primary races. Since Florida is a closed primary state, only registered Democrats can vote in the following primary races: U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Florida Senate, and Florida House of Representatives.
Due to the resignations of Sheriff Mike Willams, Councilman Reggie Gaffney Sr., and Councilman Garrett Dennis, voters will also vote for a new Duval County Sheriff and Council Members in Districts 7 and 9. All three of these races will also appear on the August 23rd ballot and is open to all registered voters. To win, candidates need to reach 50% + 1. If no candidates reach 50%+ 1, a runoff election will occur with the two (2) top vote-getters on Tuesday, November 8th.
Choosing the right candidate to vote for can be very difficult. That’s why we’ve created a Candidate Portal for voters to learn more about the Democratic candidates on the ballot. Click the link below to learn more about candidates on the ballot.
You register or update your voter registration online! You can apply to register to vote at any time. However, to vote in an election, you must be registered in the state by the book closing date, which is 29 days before each election. For the August 23rd Primary, the deadline to register is July 25th.
Updating your registration to change your name, address, and signature is NOT limited by the 29-day deadline.
The precinct is an administrative designation establishing the geographic boundaries of the smallest voting district. All voters in a given precinct vote at the same location on Election Day, using the same ballot—same candidates, same ballot questions.
As the Coronavirus continues to spread, we see how important it is to have a voting backup plan. With important mid-term elections next year, it’s comforting to receive your ballot at home, even if you still want to early vote or vote on election day. Sign up right now by clicking on the link below – it’ll take you directly to the Duval Supervisor of Elections page. Signing up takes less than five minutes! Or you can call the Supervisor of Elections’ office: 904-255-3434 and handle the request over the phone.
The last day to request a vote-by-mail ballot is 5pm, 10 days before the election. You can return your absentee ballot request form through the mail or in person. Voted ballots must be received by 7pm on Election Day in order to be counted. You can sign up to track your absentee ballot on the Duval Supervisor of Elections website. Contact your local elections office for more information. Absentee ballots begin being counted on Election Day.
Requesting and Returning your Vote-by-Mail Ballot
All requests for a vote-by-mail ballot must be made no later than 5pm on the 10th day before an election. You can still pick up a vote-by-mail ballot from the Supervisor of Elections up until, or including Election Day.
Vote-by-mail ballots must be received by the Duval County Supervisor of Elections no later than 7pm on Election Day in order to be counted. Ballots can be returned by mail, in person, or at a secure drop box. It’s important to follow all instructions on a vote-by mail ballot to make sure it is counted. You can correct a missing or mismatched signature on your vote-by-mail ballot.
Note: You must renew your mail voting application and submit a form of identification every two years.
How to Vote in Person if Vote-by-Mail Ballot was Requested
A voter who has requested a ballot may still vote in person. The voter should bring the ballot (marked or unmarked) to the polls to turn the ballot in and vote a regular ballot. If the voter does not bring the ballot to the polls for whatever reason, the Duval County Supervisor of Elections’ office will need to confirm that the ballot has not already been returned and received. If the ballot has not been received, the voter will be allowed to vote a regular ballot. If the ballot has been received, the ballot is deemed cast and the voter to have voted. If the voter believes the office is incorrect for whatever reason, the voter is allowed to vote a provisional ballot.
The Florida Democratic Party is working every day to ensure every eligible Floridian has the opportunity to cast a ballot and have that ballot counted. Because all politics is local, our county voter protection teams work to protect the vote in their respective communities. Through the Voter Protection Assistance Hotline, we answer questions from voters and prospective electors from all 67 counties in English, Spanish, or Haitian Creole.