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Duval Elections Supervisor to decide this week on early voting site at University of North Florida

Duval County Supervisor of Elections Mike Hogan told Florida Politics on Wednesday that he hopes to decide by Friday whether Duval follows other counties’ lead and opens an early voting site at the University of North Florida.

Hogan noted in a meeting in August that there were potential logistical issues with UNF, including public access, adequate parking for staff and voters, facility security, ADA compliance, proximity to other early voting sites, and room in the budget.

Jacksonville Democrats, including City Councilman Garrett Dennis, charged that not opening a site amounted to disenfranchisement for voters.

Dennis has noted the trend of opening sites at universities and goaded Hogan Wednesday.

Florida Atlantic University, the University of Central Florida, the University of Florida, Florida State University, and the University of South Florida are all slated to host early voting before Election Day this year.

However, as the South Florida Sun-Sentinel notes, Miami-Dade’s Florida International University will not follow suit — a reminder that Supervisors of Elections have the discretion, but not the obligation, to extend early voting sites to university campuses.

Sites have to be finalized by Oct. 7.

Hogan is next up for election on the 2019 ballot. Thus far, he hasn’t filed for re-election, and no Democrat has filed either.

Hogan, a first-term Republican, defeated state Rep. Tracie Davis in the March 2015 election, winning by roughly 10 points.

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A.G. Gancarski has been a working journalist for over two decades, with bylines in national and local publications alike on subjects ranging from pop music to national and global politics. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014, and has held a column in Jacksonville, Florida's Folio Weekly for two decades. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." Gancarski is a frequent presence on Jacksonville television and radio, including fill-in slots on WJCT-FM's award-winning talk show "First Coast Connect." He can be reached at a.g.gancarski@gmail.com.

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