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Today Marks Last Day to Register to Vote in Presidential Election

By: Matt Galka; Associated Press Email
By: Matt Galka; Associated Press Email

Tallahassee, FL - Today is the last day to register to vote for the 2012 general election.

The Leon County Supervisor of Elections office has set up here at new leaf market to try and register some folks at the last minute who may just be getting out of work and have yet to register.

They are also set up at the Leon County Public Library main branch. As you mentioned today is the last day to register if you haven't already.

The general election will of course be deciding the presidential race between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, but locally in Leon County we have a county commission seat 1 race as well as a sheriff's race to decide so it's important that people get out and register to be able to vote in those races.

WCTV spoke with the Leon County Supervisor of Elections Ion Sancho earlier about what options people have if they still have not yet registered

Ion Sancho, Leon County Supervisor of Elections says, "today's the last day. If you are unable to physically go to a location you can download a voter registration form from our website, leon votes.org, and as long as that's completed tonight and postmarked tonight, that application will count."

The same rules apply for the other counties in our area as well...But like he said, it needs to be postmarked by tonight if you can't make it out to one of the registering locations.

Some people may be saying "well what if I'm registered to vote just not in Leon County?" Well don't worry, if you need to change your address, today's deadline does not apply.

You can do that any day leading up to and including the election on November 6th.


Tallahassee, FL - We are less than one month away from the 2012 General Election and today is the last day to register to vote.

If you are not registered, don't worry, there is still time. In Leon County you can register in person at the Leon County supervisor of elections office or a branch site. There is also a downloadable form that can be mailed in as long as it is postmarked by today. The Supervisor of Elections office will also have people doing in person registering at the Leon County Public Library Main Branch and New Leaf Market starting at 5 pm.

WCTV will be covering Tallahassee voter registration drives throughout the day.


The rush is on to register voters before tomorrow’s 5PM deadline. But as Whitney Ray tells us, if you haven’t registered by then there’s one last chance to sign up to vote.

County election offices around the state are buzzing with activity as the deadline to register to vote in the General Election fast approaches.

Floridians have until 5PM Tuesday to fill out one of these applications and secure their chance to vote in the general election. Leon County Supervisor of Elections Ion Sancho says the foot traffic and the phone calls are nonstop.

“We are going to be out as late as we can legally to make sure that if you want to turn in that voter registration application you can do that,” said Sancho.

But if you do miss the 5PM deadline, you can stop by the post office and mail the applications before midnight and it will still be counted.

But don’t’ try the same trick with absentee ballots.

“Absentee ballots have to be in our physical possession by 7PM November the 6th Election Day,” said Sancho.

Ballots began mailing last week, which mean votes are already pouring into to elections offices. Division of Elections Spokesman Chris Cate says Florida voters have several options for casting a ballot.

“Beginning October 27th, from that Saturday to the following Saturday, you are going to be able to cast a ballot early at an early voting location. Sites are going to be open up to 12 hours a day,” said Cate.

As the deadline to register approaches Democrats continue to build upon their registration advantage, outpacing Republicans for eight straight months. As of October 6th, there were 4.7 million registered Democrat in Florida compared to 4.2 million Republicans.

No party affiliation and third party groups are also seeing a boost in members. The latest data available shows 2.8 million Floridians are registered NPA or with a smaller party.


Tallahassee, FL (AP) - Tuesday is the deadline for Florida residents to register to vote in the upcoming presidential election.

The presidential election -- as well as elections for Congress and the Florida Legislature -- will take place on Nov. 6.

Residents must be 18 or older, be a U.S. citizen, and live in Florida in order to qualify to vote. Applications must be delivered or post-marked by Tuesday in order to count.

Groups across the state have held last-minute voter registration drives in order to sign up new voters ahead of the deadline.

Some of the places people can register include local election offices and driver's license offices.

State records show that as of mid-August, there were nearly 11.6 million active registered voters in the state.

AP-WF-10-09-12 0703GMT


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