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Early voting for runoff underway

Early voting for Gainesville’s run-off elections began today. Lauren Poe and Todd Chase are up for the district two seat, and Susan Bottcher faces Rob Zeller in district three. Alachua County Supervisor of Elections Pam Carpenter says she anticipates about 15% of registered voters will participate in the run-off. Carpenter …

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Florida Senate jobs bill for felons

Getting civil rights restored became more difficult this month when Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet voted against allowing automatic restoration for nonviolent offenders. Now, a bill allowing former felons to get a job before restoring their civil rights won unanimous approval from the senate yesterday. University of Florida …

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Election turnout slightly higher than last year

About 30% of Alachua County voters voiced their choice for the Gainesville City Commissioner races prior to Election Day. Supervisor of Elections Pam Carpenter says the large candidate pool helped attract more voters than other elections last year. “There were 13 candidates on the ballot, so that gave the voters …

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