Precinct and polling locations have changed in Council District 5

Come election time Tuesday, Aug. 30, residents living in District 5 – the area of Jacksonville represented by City Council President Lori Boyer – may find either their polling location and/or congressional district have changed.

During a Town Hall meeting sponsored by the San Marco Preservation Society, Boyer announced that City Council passed Ordinance 2016-410 July 26, which specifies changes in polling place locations and the boundaries between several precincts in her district, including 502 and 506; 503 and 504; 506 and 511; 507 and 504; 508 and 503; 504 and 513. The changes are part of the redistricting process recently approved by the Supreme Court for the purpose of restoring neighborhood integrity. According to the ordinance, boundary lines have been moved slightly to keep recognized neighborhoods together in one precinct rather than being split between precincts.

Boyer said voters in her district should have been notified of the changes by the Supervisor of Elections and should check their new voter registration cards or call the elections office to confirm where their polling location is.

“I don’t want you to show up on Election Day at the wrong place and not be able to vote,” she said.

The congressional district changes may also cause some confusion, Boyer said. Congressional District 4 is Republican Rep. Ander Crenshaw’s seat. Democrat Corinne Brown holds the seat in Congressional District 5. “Some of you may not realize that part of District 5 (the gray area on the map) is Corinne Brown’s seat,” Boyer said, noting many candidates are running in both primary races this year. “There are parts of our area in that district that were not in there previously, and I don’t want you to be surprised if you go to get your ballot and you don’t see Congressional District 4 Ander Crenshaw’s seat on the ballot.”

Boyer also cautioned residents who chronically file absentee ballots to update their signatures with the Supervisor of Elections office. “So many absentee ballots get rejected because the signatures don’t match the signatures they have on file,” she said. “If you registered to vote 20 years ago or even two years ago your signature could look very different from what it is now. Please take the time to do it again,” she said. Voters who head to the polls in person need not worry. Signatures are updated with every election, Boyer said.

By Marcia Hodgson
Resident Community News

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