All you need to know about the Leon County early voting changes

Since the 2020 election, efforts to keep voters secure in the process remain a top priority for the supervisor of the election office.
Published: Aug. 10, 2022 at 8:15 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 11, 2022 at 7:15 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - It’s election season and early voting begins on Aug 13. Races for the primary range from US Senate and House seats, the Governor’s office, city commission and school boards.

Election supervisors are laying out their schedules on when and where you can cast a ballot ahead of election day, with reminders regarding some of the changes implemented this year.

It’s a busy time of year for the elections office, according to Leon County Supervisor of elections, Mark Earley as he says they prepare to welcome voters for early voting on Saturday.

Earley says much hasn’t changed when it comes to the process of voting this year. Dropboxes are the same and most of the drop box locations are the same with the exception of the Civic Center’s location. However, officials say you should keep in mind that you can only bring in two non-family member ballots to a drop box now. Earley also shared that vote-by-mail ballots have to be requested each year.

“Requests for a vote by mail ballots only last for one election cycle now instead of two in the past. That was the biggest change, so if you’ve requested a vote by mail ballot for this election 2022, and you want to vote by mail in 2024, you’ll have to make a new request,” he said.

With 60,000 vote-by-mail ballots sent out in Leon County, Early says voting early is encouraged; that way if anything goes wrong, you have a second chance on election day versus waiting for election day, and it is your final opportunity to vote.

More information on drop box locations can be found on the Department of State’s website.

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