MIAMI (CBS4) – Early voting is over for Miami-Dade voters who wanted to cast their ballots in a recall election for Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez and County Commissioner Natacha Seijas.

Sunday was the final day for early voting; 20 polling locations were open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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As of Friday, nearly 55 thousand people had already cast their ballots at the polls; more than 67 thousand voted by absentee ballot.

A recent Miami Herald-CBS4-Univision 23 public opinion poll showed that Alvarez and Seijas will likely be turned out of office.

The poll, released last Sunday, was conducted by Bendixen & Amandi International among 400 voters who had voted, or plan to vote, in the recall election.

Recall Sample Ballot

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The Alvarez recall drive was sparked by South Florida auto tycoon Norman Braman who mounted a well-funded campaign to collect tens of thousands of signatures.

Braman said he targeted Alvarez because of his support for a property tax increase for some homeowners last year, even though most county homeowners saw their property values go down.

Alvarez said the limited tax increase was necessary to avoid huge cuts to essential services such as the police and fire departments.

In this special election, all registered voters in the county can cast ballots to recall Alvarez.  Only voters in District 13, which includes part of Miami Lakes and Hialeah, can vote to recall Seijas.

Voters will have their final say on March 15th.

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