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Early Voting: The numbers, mistakes and avoiding a wait

5:34 AM, Nov 1, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  As we draw closer to Election Day, early voting is bringing out big crowds.

More than 78,000 people in Duval County have already voted, but that still leaves around 481,000 registered voters that still need to cast a ballot.  In Clay County, more than 24,000 people have already voted, the busiest location being at the Fleming Island Library.  In St. Johns County, the supervisor of elections Vicky Oakes is expecting around an 80%-85% turnout for early voting.

We asked Oakes the common mistakes the early voters are making and she said some are forgetting to bring their photo and signature IDs. Also, people are forgetting to update their address with their county supervisor of elections office.

"It is very important, especially if you made an address change and moved to another county in Florida, that you updated your address before you vote," tells Oakes.

If you want to avoid the long lines for early voting, you can now check county websites for estimated voting wait times.  Here are the links:

Duval County: http://www.duvalelections.com/

St. Johns County: http://www.votesjc.com/early-voting-wait-times/

Clay County: http://www.clayelections.com/?id=81

To save on time, you are also allowed to take your sample ballot into the voting booth with you.

Early voting ends Saturday.

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