Amy Brocato Pearson
Jacksonville Daily Progress
Early voting tallies for the mayoral run-off election exceeded the early voting totals for the regular election in May, according to City Secretary Betty Thompson.
Some 628 residents cast ballots early and another 12 mail-out ballots were sent to voters, she said.
In May, 525 area voters cast an early ballot and almost 1,000 voted overall.
"This is a great turnout," Thompson said.
Election Day is scheduled for Tuesday, and voters can choose a mayor between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at the Jacksonville Public Library, 502 S. Jackson St.
In May, challenger Rob Gowin, 44, received 426 votes to incumbent mayor Kenneth Melvin's 389. Because Gowin did not garner 50 percent of the vote, a run-off election was necessary.
"I'm looking forward to Tuesday one way or another," said Melvin, 73. "I am looking forward to it being completed and hopefully I will be returned to office."
Both candidates were pleased with the high turnout.
"We are very happy to see that so many people are coming out and making their voices heard," Gowin said. "We are confident that people are ready for new leadership and a better Jacksonville."