Your vote, your voice

As a reminder, Florida’s primary election will be held on Tuesday, August 18, with the general election occurring on Tuesday, November 3.

Residents are reminded and encouraged to make their voice heard by casting their votes in both elections.  Often times the primary will contain races within one party, where the winner will be unopposed on the November ballot.

Some of the local races to be decided during the 2020 election process include,  Clerk of the Court, Sheriff, Tax Collector, Property Appraiser, Supervisor of Elections, County Commissioner (seats 1, 3, 5) and Celebration CDD.

Celebration residents can cast their ballots in person at Heritage Hall (Precinct 151, 152, 153), 1175 Celebration Ave. If you choose to vote on Election Day, you must vote in your home precinct according to Florida law. All polling locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. You must be at your polling location before 7 p.m. in order to cast a ballot. Remember to bring your photo and signature ID with you.

In order to vote in an election you must be a registered voter 29 days before that election. You have several options to register to vote. You may register online at voteosceola.com, or fill out an application from the Supervisor of Elections Office, and other locations throughout the county. Lastly, you may call the Supervisor of Elections Office at 407-742-6000 to have one mailed to you.

To be a qualified voter you must be a citizen of the US, a Florida resident and be 18 years of age. You may preregister when you are 16 years of age. This gives you the opportunity to vote in your first election as soon as you are eligible.

County residents can choose to vote in one of three ways; by mail, voting early at a designated early voting location or at your precinct on Election Day. In order to vote at the polls on Election Day, or to vote early, you are required by Florida law to have both signature and photo identification. It can be one form of identification, such as a Florida driver’s license, Florida ID card or your passport. You may also use more than one form of identification to meet this criteria. For example, if you have a student ID with your picture on it, but not a signature, you would then need to present a second form of ID that has your signature on it.

For additional information or questions, residents are encourages to visit Voteosceola.com or call 407-742-6000.

 

The above article appears in the August 2020 edition of the Celebration News

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