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Ocala will ask DeSantis to order vote-by-mail runoff election

Ire Bethea Sr. and Lonnie Hooks III are in a runoff for the Ocala City Council.

But the May 19 special election comes at a bad time for in-person voting. Emergency managers say that’s when coronavirus could be at its peak in Marion County. 

So the council and Supervisor of Elections Wesley Wilcox are going to ask Gov. Ron DeSantis to order a vote-by-mail election. 

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Wilcox says the rules are clear.

“Currently at this time, I’m scheduled to open those 19 polling places, ” Wilcox said. “And unless I get an order from the governor to do something different, that’s my plan.”

He also plans to send a letter to city voters urging them to take advantage of the vote-by-mail options.

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