JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Duval County Supervisor of Elections Office today announced a partnership that will establish a secure vote-by-mail ballot drop box in Lot J at TIAA Bank Field for the final week of Florida's early voting window. Duval County voters can take advantage of the drop site from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. beginning Monday, Oct. 26 through Sunday, Nov. 1. The ballot drop box continues the Jaguars' season-long "Get in the Game" campaign to encourage civic engagement through voting.
"We are excited to offer this service to our voters," said Duval County Supervisor of Elections Mike Hogan. "We are extremely proud of our partnership with the Jaguars family. They truly have gone the extra mile to make this opportunity successful."
To date, the Duval County Supervisor of Elections Office has received 184,022 requests for vote-by-mail ballots compared to 105,478 from the entire 2016 general election. The deadline to request a vote-by-mail ballot to be mailed to registered voters in Duval County is Saturday October 24. They can be requested online at www.duvalelections.com or by calling 904-630-1414. Voters can also pick up a vote-by-mail ballot at 105 East Monroe St. through Election Day. All mail ballots must be returned and in the office by 7 p.m. on November 3. Mail Ballots can be returned by USPS mail, delivered to the Supervisor of Election's Office or delivered to any of the 20 early voting site vote-by-mail drop boxes as well as the Lot J site. The Lot J ballot drop box will be open from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily and staffed by poll workers. Voters can simply drive up, roll down their window and insert their ballot into the secure drop box.
"Our players, coaches and staff have dedicated themselves this season to learning about the critical significance of suffrage and the voting process in our country and region, and believe in the importance of ensuring everyone has an opportunity to have their voice heard whether that's at the poll or by mail," said Julian Duncan, Jaguars chief marketing officer and senior vice president of social responsibility and impact. "Given the unique challenges confronting us all in 2020 as a result of COVID-19, we're proud to support the Supervisor of Elections in making this drive through option at TIAA Bank Field available to Duval County voters for the final week of early voting."
The Jaguars launched the "Get in the Game" campaign in early September with a public service announcement by players and coaches, including Head Coach Doug Marrone and QB Gardner Minshew II, encouraging voter registration. The team has committed to regular updates for fans on voting deadlines and activations via social media, on game day, through grassroots activities and local and national partnerships. Many Jaguars front office employees have received poll worker training and will work at precincts on Election Day on Nov. 3. Employees have the opportunity to donate payment, which will be matched by the Jaguars, for services to the Jaguars Foundation to support future community outreach programs. In addition, the team has committed to giving employees necessary flexibility to head to the polls during the election cycle to ensure their voice is heard. For more information on the "Get in the Game" campaign, visit www.jaguars.com/vote.