FLORIDA WEST COASTOpinion by:
E. Eugene Webb PhD
Today's the official 2020 Election Day. If you're planning to vote today here is some valuable information that will make your trip to the polls easier.
1. To vote on Election Day, you must go to your designated precinct. If you don't know where your precinct is and because of the pandemic many have changed, go to your supervisor of election's website and look for the box “how do I find my precinct” you will get instructions there on what to enter.
2. If you requested a vote by mail ballot, and you have not voted that ballot, you can do one of two things. First, mark the ballot and take it to your precinct to hand it in. If you would prefer to vote the ballot, they give you at the polling place, take your mail in ballot with you not filled in so you can turn it in.
3. While on your supervisor of election's website, be sure to check what types of identification are accepted by your supervisor of elections. Generally, a Florida driver’s license is an acceptable form of identification for voting purposes.Many of the supervisors of elections websites are providing precinct and polling place traffic updates in real time. If you are in a time crunch, early or midday are usually the best times to vote. It takes a long time to vote this Florida ballot if you haven't reviewed it already. There are a lot of offices to vote for and the addendums, and initiatives are complex so expect to spend anywhere from 10 minutes if you are familiar or already know how you're going to vote up to 1/2 an hour in the voting booth if you're viewing all the races and the amendments and addendums for the first time.
It kind of goes without saying, but be sure to take a mask, practice reasonable social distancing and above all else please be patient.
Your vote is important don't miss this opportunity to be a part of our democracy's history. Take the time and go vote if you haven't already done so.
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