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Florida deadline to register to vote, switch parties nears; Georgia deadline shortly after

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Published: Feb. 16, 2020 at 2:27 AM EST
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By: Lanetra Bennett | WCTV Eyewitness News

February 16, 2020

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The primary elections for Florida and Georigia aren't until next month. However, there's a lot you need to know--now; especially if you haven't even registered to vote yet.

In Florida, the primary election is March 17.

The deadline to register to vote is Tuesday, February 18.

Early voting in Florida for the primary election starts March 7 and ends on the 15.

The deadline to request a "vote by mail" ballot is Saturday, March 7.

Mail-in ballots already flooding in in Leon County. Supervisor of Elections Mark Early says he's expecting this year to be a big one.

"We've already mailed out well over 25,000 vote-by-mail ballots. We've received 4,500 already back in our office. So there's a lot of interest. I expect we will have a record turnout or very close to it for a presidential preference primary. So that should be anywhere in the neighborhood of between 50-60%, I would hope," Earley said.

In Georgia now, the primary election is March 24.

The voter registration deadline there is February 24.

Early voting in the Peach State runs March 2 through the 20.

You don't have to register with a particular party in Georgia. But, you do still have to select the party's ballot of your choice to vote for a candidate in the primary election.

In Florida, you can only vote for candidates that match your party affiliation.

If you're not sure of your registration status, would like to change your party, or need to update information, officials urge you to check with your local supervisor of elections office before the registration deadlines.


By: Associated Press

February 16, 2020

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Eligible Florida voters have only a few days left to register or switch their party affiliation if they want to vote in the March 17 Democratic presidential primary.

Florida has closed primaries, which means anyone not registered as a Democrat by Tuesday will be unable to vote to choose the party’s nominee.

The

reported that some areas, like Orange County, had extended hours this weekend to accommodate new registrations and party switches.

Two million vote-by-mail ballots were also going in the mail. Early voting begins at the beginning of March and lasts through the weekend before the primary.

But experts caution that sending a ballot in too early runs the risk of voting for someone who will have dropped out of the race by the time the Florida primary takes place.

In 2016, former Florida governor Jeb Bush was running for the Republican nomination. The former Florida governor dropped out of the race two weeks before his home state’s primary, but 43,511 people wound up voting for him.

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