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Ahead Of Election, Lawmakers Push To Get Out The Vote

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Tuesday voters head to the polls for the primary election.  Local lawmakers are encouraging voters to get out and vote.

Unofficial figures show more than 20,000 voters have already cast a ballot.  There are just over 195,000 active registered voters in Leon County.  Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum says the presidential race may grab the headlines, but the local and party races decided Tuesday will have a major impact here at home.

“So much has been obviously focused on November and the presidential, and I’m clearly involved in the presidential election as well,” Gillum says. “But I tell you, where the rubber meets the road is so often at these very local level positions: our state attorney, our sheriffs, our city council members, our judges.”  

“These are the people who every day are making decisions that affect our everyday lives.”

Residents voting on Election Day have to cast a ballot at their precinct polling location.  The polls are open from 7 in the morning to 7 at night, and specific locations can be found on the Leon County Election Supervisor website. 

Nick Evans came to Tallahassee to pursue a masters in communications at Florida State University. He graduated in 2014, but not before picking up an internship at WFSU. While he worked on his degree Nick moved from intern, to part-timer, to full-time reporter. Before moving to Tallahassee, Nick lived in and around the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years. He listens to far too many podcasts and is a die-hard 49ers football fan. When Nick’s not at work he likes to cook, play music and read.