Voters, election office prepping for election

Published On: Nov 05 2012 06:08:39 AM EST
Updated On: Nov 05 2012 11:20:24 AM EST

It's a tight race and that makes election preparation and protection of our votes even more important.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

With the 24 hour mark until polls open for the presidential election quickly approaching, a new poll from the Florida Times Union finds Mitt Romney with a comfortable lead over President Barack Obama in Florida.

The Times Union Insider Advantage poll showed the Republican challenger is leading the president by 5 percentage points, 52 percent to 47 percent.

The Romney lead is just outside the margin of error of plus or minus 4.6 points.

The candidates are not the only ones putting on the final touches with time winding down. The Duval County elections office is working hard to make sure everything is in order.

Early voting ended, seemingly without a hitch in Duval County, making way for a highly anticipated Election Day.

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Elections Supervisor Jerry Holland said early voters came prepared. Most had already read over the more than 3,000 word sample ballot.

"The majority of the early voters were well prepared. They looked at their sample ballot. They brought in their sample ballots. They moved in and out as quickly as possible," Holland said. "Many of them had to wait in lines because we had such a large crowd come out and vote early. But I will commend the early voters for being so prepared."

Holland said his department is doing its part too, moving voting machines to precincts today.
 
Behind the scenes, Holland said there are 34 full time employees and more than 2,000 other employees working the polls, the help centers and the warehouse where the votes are stored.

Holland said he expects voter turnout to be around 80 percent and he wants voters to be sure they know where their precinct is.

"We've changed a lot of precincts. Do you know where your precinct is? Very important. You should look at your new voter registration card or sample ballot. It will have your precinct location. If you don't have those two things, call us, 630-1414," Holland said. "Make sure you know where your precinct is. You could go to the wrong one in the last minutes of voting and not have enough time to get to the right one. That's the most important thing."

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