Polls will be open Sunday for the final day of early voting, which election officials expect to be a relatively busy day heading into election day on Tuesday.


Through Saturday, about 6.6 percent of Duval County’s registered voters had voted early, which officials said is about on track with projections for this kind of election.

The races on the ballot involve the Legislature, Congress and School Board seats.

Duval County voters also will decide a straw ballot about whether they want the Legislature to put an actual referendum on the ballot in the future for creating an independent library district.

U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, a Jacksonville Democrat, sought to bolster turnout at one of her traditional get-out-the-vote rallies Saturday with the Rev. Jesse Jackson.

Speaking at the Gateway shopping center, they noted this year marks the 50th anniversary of passage of the Civil Rights Act.

Jackson said while some states have sought to enact laws that curb access to polling places, that power to vote also is undermined if people are apathetic about participating in elections.

He said the protests occurring in Ferguson, Mo., after a police officer fatally shot Michael Brown, show there is a sense of “urban abandonment” in communities suffering from unrelenting poverty. He said the way to change that is “to use the vote and use nonviolent resolutions.”

“I just hope we can contain this sense of pain as expressed that way in Ferguson, and it will not spread,” he said.

Turnout for the primary election typically is lower than for the general election in November.

“It’s about what we were expecting,” Duval County Supervisor of Elections spokesman Melanie Hinson said Saturday.

Hinson said early voting participation will probably hit a total of 10 percent of registered voters by the time polls close Sunday, and another 10 percent of the electorate will turn out Tuesday.

Duval County has 18 early voting locations. All locations except for one will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Supervisor of Elections office downtown will be open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


David Bauerlein: (904) 359-4581