Voters Face Deadline to Register for Primary

By: Associated Press; Lanetra Bennett Email
By: Associated Press; Lanetra Bennett Email

By: Lanetra Bennett
July 28, 2014

Tallahassee, FL - Today (July 28th) is the deadline to register to vote in Florida's primary election.

People can fill out registration forms at county elections offices by the end of the business day in order to cast their votes next month.

You can also mail in your application as long as it's postmarked with today's date.

Leon County elections officials will be at New Leaf Market until 10 tonight and the main Leon County Public Library until 9:00 to help with registrations.

The deadline is only for the primary election on August 26th.

Karen Williams, the Leon County Elections Records Manager, says you can still register after the deadline. However, you will not be able to vote in the primary.

She says, "We will continue to register voters through the primary election, it's just that they will not receive their voter registration card until after the primary. Same thing for party changes. You can go ahead and submit those changes after book closing. They just will not go into effect until after the primary election."

The general election is November 4th. There will be a separate deadline for that registration.

Any registered voter can mail in their votes for the elections. To request an absentee ballot in Leon County, the supervisor of elections office at (850) 606-8683. Ballots are being mailed out daily.

Williams says 174,305 people registered to vote in Leon County for the 2012 primary election. As of Monday morning, there were 185,858.

Go to leonvotes.org for more information.


News Release: Associated Press
July 28, 2014

MIAMI (AP) -- Floridians are running out of time to register to vote in the August primary.

Monday is the deadline to register for next month's elections. Floridians must be at least 18 years old by Aug. 26 and a U.S. citizen.

People can fill out registration forms in person at county elections offices, driver's license offices or military recruitment centers by the end of the business day on July 28. Applications can also be mailed to county election supervisors but must be postmarked no later than Monday.

Republicans and Democrats will select nominees for a number of offices on Aug. 26. At the top of the ticket will be the contest for governor. Florida has closed primaries, so only voters registered with one of the major parties can participate.


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