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Leon County's supervisor of elections has a few predictions on the eve of the primary election

A white sign is stuck in the ground. It has a blue arrow and red writing that says, Early Voting Here."
Tom Flanigan
WFSU Public Media

On the eve of the Aug. 23 Primary Election, Leon County Elections Supervisor Mark Earley predicted a fairly strong voter turnout.

“Our typical turnout in these elections is anywhere from 32 to 37%. Right now we’re sitting at 17%. But again, if we have a nice, typical, normal turnout election day, we should get well over the 30% range. So paint me cautiously optimistic. We’ll see.”

Given the large number of candidates in several local races, Earley said every primary vote is important, as a number of these contests could be very close.

“All your local offices are nonpartisan offices. We’re definitely going to have some that will be decided in this election because there’s only 2 candidates vying for them. But a lot of these could still be decided, either in this election or are going to be so close when the top two vote-getters go to the general (election) that to find out who goes to the general, your vote is critically important. So get out and vote. Everybody has at least a couple of races to vote on, so get out and exercise your right. ”

WFSU will broadcast local election result updates throughout Tuesday evening beginning at 7 p.m.

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Tom Flanigan has been with WFSU News since 2006, focusing on covering local personalities, issues, and organizations. He began his broadcast career more than 30 years before that and covered news for several radio stations in Florida, Texas, and his home state of Maryland.

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