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Gainesville city elections on Tuesday

By on March 18th, 2013

Gainesville city elections are Tuesday.

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and voters can find their designated polling location by visiting the Gainesville Supervisor of Elections’ website.

Voters need a valid photo and signature ID in order to cast their ballot at any of the polling locations.

Alachua County supervisor of elections Pam Carpenter said there was an increase in early voting this year, and voters should not be wary of long lines at the polls.

“We rarely have lines,” said Carpenter. “Actually, we would love to see lines. We would like to see the kind of turnout for the city elections that we see for the presidential election.”

Carpenter said voter participation in municipal elections generally falls somewhere between 10 and 20 percent.

The number of absentee ballots has also increased. There have already been 1,200 more absentees cast this year compared to the 2011 election, Carpenter said.

“I’m hoping for a 20 percent turnout this election,” said Carpenter.

You can view WUFT’s profiles of the mayoral candidates on our election topic page.


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