Primary Election: August 23
Midterm elections historically generate lower voter turnout than presidential elections. About 50–60% of voters over the past 60 years cast ballots in presidential races, while only about 40% of those eligible to vote went to the polls in the midterms. It's vital we turn out this election. Turnout is likely to determine who controls Congress and its ability to implement or block the President's agenda.
The August 23 primary election has something for everyone - non-partisan races for School Board, including District 2 representing the Beaches, a school tax referendum, a special countywide election for sheriff, and state legislative & Congressional seats with single-party candidates. We've highlighted four hot races for priority attention.
Sample ballots and poll location information is now available on the Duval Supervisor of Elections website. Here's an overview of what you'll find on your ballot at the Beach and what's ahead in November! Study up, discuss with friends & family, and MAKE SURE YOU VOTE!
Click on the boxes below to find out more about races, candidates & ways to vote!
August 23, 2022
August 8 - August 21
November 8, 2022
October 24 - November 6
Need Help Deciding?
The League of Women Voters has compiled responses to detailed questionnaires submitted by state and local candidates in the upcoming election. You can compare responses side-by-side for key races. Just enter your address and party affiliation to find out what the candidates vying for your vote had to say on issues that matter to you!
The Supervisor of Elections mails out sample ballots about 3 weeks before Election Day. To get a preview you can download, print out and mark up click here and fill in your personal information.
Congresswoman Val Demings (D) and incumbent U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R) face minor opposition in their respective primaries.
This will be a key statewide race in November. Demings could solidify the Democratic majority in the Senate, allowing the Biden agenda to move forward.
U.S. House District 5
This newly re-drawn and re-numbered congressional district has no Democratic or write-in candidates, so everyone gets to vote in the August 23 primary.
GOP contenders include incumbent John Rutherford, who has amassed a dismal record, and two even farther right challengers, Leigha Garner-Lopez and Mara Macie. Not much for progressives to like in this race.
FL Congressman Charlie Crist and FL Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried are seeking election in the Democratic primary. The winner will face incumbent Governor Ron DeSantis who is unopposed in the GOP primary.
Crist has garnered endorsements from state's large labor unions, including the AFL-CIO, FL Education Association, and the Service Employees International Union, as well as the Sierra Club. Fried, the only DEM to hold statewide office, has the backing of the Democratic Black Caucus of FL, the FL College Democrats, and the Democratic Environment Caucus. Crist has out-raised Fried.
The two candidates outlined their positions in a July 21st debate. This is a key primary race. Take the time to pick your candidate carefully!
There are three state Cabinet positions up for election in 2022: Attorney General, Commissioner of Agriculture, and Chief Financial Officer.
Attorney General - Three Democratic candidates are running in the August 23rd primary. The winner will face GOP incumbent Ashley Moody in November. Moody, who marches in lock-step with DeSantis, is unopposed in the primary. Democratic candidates include Daniel Uhlfelder, Santa Rosa Beach attorney and DeSantis foil; Aramis Ayala, the first elected Black woman to serve as a state's attorney; and Jim Lewis, a criminal defense lawyer from Fort Lauderdale.
Commissioner of Agriculture - Three Democratic candidates are on the primary ballot: Miami-Dade DEC committee member Naomi Blemur, former congressional candidate Jacques Rene Gaillot, Jr. and Ryan Morales, Clermont farmer and self-described cannabis activist. The winner will run in November against likely GOP nominee Wilton Simpson, former FL Senate president, who faces James Shaw in the primary. Simpson, who buckled to DeSantis over redistricting and supported his agenda as senate leader, has amassed a sizeable war chest.
Chief Financial Officer: GOP incumbent Jimmy Patronis will face DEM Adam Hattersley in the November general election. Neither drew primary opposition.
FL House District 16
In the Republican primary, former GOP legislator and Jax City Council member Lake Ray is running against Chet Stokes, former Jax Beach City Councilman, and Kiyan Michael, a Black Voices for Trump leader. There are no Democratic candidates in this race.
If you were hoping for a moderate in this bright red district - think again. The candidates are trying hard to run to the right of one another. Not much for progressives and DEMS to like in this race. It will be on the ballot again in November because two write-in candidates have qualified for the general election.
FL Senate District 4
GOP legislator Clay Yarborough will face Democrat Sharmin Smith in the November general election. Neither candidate has a primary opponent.
Lawmakers tinkered with the boundaries of this state senate district - one of two covering Duval - it continues to trend solidly red.
Duval County School Board District 2
& School Tax Referendum
This is a critical race on the primary ballot! Incumbent and former chair Elizabeth Andersen faces April Carney, her DeSantis- and Moms for Liberty-endorsed opponent. All voters can vote in this election, which will be decided on August 23. Watch the candidate forum hosted by the Jacksonville Public Education Fund here. Beaches Watch will sponsor another candidate forum August 3 at 7 p.m. Beaches Library.
Also on the August 23 primary ballot is a referendum supporting a 1-mill increase in property taxes to support school operations, including teacher salaries. Find out why it is needed here.
Special Election: Duval County Sheriff
Five candidates are vying to fill a vacancy for Duval County Sheriff created by the early retirement of former Sheriff Mike Williams. The candidates include four Democrats and one DeSantis-endorsed Republican. All voters, regardless of party affiliation, can vote in this race. The candidate receiving a majority of votes wins this special election. If no candidate secures 51% of the votes, a run-off between the top two vote-getters will be held in November.
Three Ways to Vote!
Vote by Mail
If you signed up for Vote-by-Mail (VBM), you should have received your ballot. If you didn't receive one, check with the Duval Supervisor of Elections (SOE). Changes in state law may have affected your VBM status. You can still request a VBM ballot until August 13. Reminders: use black ink, bubble in your choice, sign using the name on your voter registration, date, and provide contact info so you can be notified if your ballot was rejected and correct it. If you need a quick refresher, check out this short BAM how-to video, or the more detailed SOE version. Mail in your completed ballot in the pre-paid postage envelope provided or drop off at any early voting site August 8 - 21. Ballots must be received in the SOE Office by 7 p.m. on Election Day (August 23).
Once you've submitted your ballot, track it here to see when it's counted. If you change your mind and decide to vote in person, bring your VBM ballot to your polling site and turn it in prior to voting.
Early Voting: August 8 - August 21
Avoid Election Day crowds and vote early in person August 8 through August 21 at the Beaches library or any early voting site. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Don't forget to bring your official photo ID.
Check this list of FAQ's for additional information on early voting.
Election Day - Tuesday, August 23
Here's a list of FAQs from the SOE with additional information on voting on Election Day.
What If You Have Problems at the Polls?
If your eligibility to vote is challenged for any reason, including verifying your voter registration or identification, you have a right to complete a Provisional Ballot. You will be required to provide follow-up information within specific deadlines, and will be able to track when your ballot is counted. Find out more under "Voting a Provisional Ballot" in this list of FAQs.
November 8th is the final showdown for Florida Governor and U.S. Senator. It's our chance to defeat Ron DeSantis and Marco Rubio and restore progressive leadership to both the state and U.S. Senate.
You'll also see merit retention votes for Florida Supreme Court and District Judges on your ballot.
Referenda on three amendments to the Florida constitution will appear on the ballot.
Local city council races for Atlantic & Neptune Beach will be up for a vote in the General Election, along with a series of amendments to the City of Jax Beach charter. All Jax Beach City Council incumbents were unopposed.
City of Jax elections will be held in the spring of 2023!