Gainesville voters go to the polls Tuesday

Published: Monday, April 15, 2013 at 7:35 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, April 15, 2013 at 7:35 p.m.

Tuesday, voters will head to the polls for Gainesville's mayoral runoff race, electing either incumbent Craig Lowe or former City Commissioner Ed Braddy to the position.

Early voting and absentee ballot numbers are hovering close to the turnout for the initial mayoral race in March, Supervisor of Elections Pam Carpenter said.

For the runoff, 2,759 absentee ballots had already been processed by Monday afternoon, and the elections office was working on 900 more.

More may roll in because voters have until 7 p.m. Tuesday to submit their absentee ballots, which they can drop off at the Supervisor of Elections Office at 111 SE First Ave. in Gainesville, Carpenter said.

A little more than 4,000 absentee ballots were submitted for the March city election, and the runoff race's tally is approaching that amount.

A few more voters took advantage of early voting in the runoff than in the initial election, she said. There were 1,140 people who voted early in this election compared to just more than 1,000 in March.

The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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