GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - March 19th is Election Day for the city of Gainesville.
Voter turnout is usually lower for city elections than for other higher profile races, but the Supervisor of Elections office says they were surprised to see a low turnout for early voting this time around.
In 2018, about 2.2% of eligible voters voted early for the city elections compared to just shy of 3% of eligible voters this year. While more did vote early in 2019 in the 2018 city election, that small increase comes after the Supervisor of Elections opened 3 new voting locations (a total of 5) for voters to choose from. The Reitz Union, Martin Luther King Center, and Senior Rec Center were the new locations added in 2019 and were the 3 lowest performing voting sites. The MLK Center only had 55 early ballots.
"It was very quiet, the turnout for city elections", Janice Ladd, an election clerk for the Supervisor of Elections office explains.
There is about 90-thousand city of Gainesville residents registered to vote, and election officials are hoping to see a great turnout.
Looking at each candidate's monetary contributions gives a good idea that current mayor, Lauren Poe, has a good chance of being re-elected while Adrian Hayes-Santos, who currently holds the District 4 seat, faces close competition with Robert Mounts.
Polls open at 7 am and close at 7 pm. Make sure you show up to your precinct, it's the only place you can vote. Mail-in ballots can be delivered anytime until 7 pm.
To find your polling location, click here: Where do I vote?