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Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (Center) helped lead a rally in Overtown to increase Black voter turnout at the polls on the first day of the early voting period.

Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (Center) helped lead a rally in Overtown to increase Black voter turnout at the polls on the first day of the early voting period.

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Candidates mobilize for early voting

They were fired up and ready to vote. That was the slogan candidates and community leaders used Monday to mobilize voters to the polls as early voting began for various offices throughout the county, state and federal government. Monday was the first of 14 days of early voting, the result of a new effort by state lawmakers to allow election officials more flexibility in hours and operations. The early voting period culminates with the election day primaries on Aug. 26.