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It is not too early to think about how to vote safely in the August primary and the November general elections. The easiest and safest way to vote is by mail ballot. You receive a ballot in the mail from the Supervisor of Elections before each election and you return it via U.S. mail at a cost of one postage stamp.
Here are ways to request mail ballots.
1. Call Neighbor to Neighbor in the Nenes if you need help with this. (850-901-7818) A volunteer will contact you by phone.
2. If you use the Internet, click on this link: LeonVotes.org and select Vote-by-Mail. It is very simple to enter your request. You may do this for yourself, for another person or someone can do it for you.
3. Call the Supervisor of Elections office at 850-606-8683 between 8:30 and 5:00 Monday – Friday to request a vote-by-mail ballot.
4. Fax a request for a mail ballot to (850)606-8601.
Even if you sign up to vote by mail, you do not have to do that if you prefer to vote in person but note there may be some disruptions if there are not enough personnel to staff all of the usual polling sites.
The August election is on the 18th and the general is on November 3rd. The August election is primaries for state and local offices. Registered Democrats receive one ballot and Republicans receive a different one. In November, everyone receives the same ballot.
Several important local offices are up for election including the Sheriff, Superintendent of Schools, some Leon County and City of Tallahassee commissioners and school board members.
Don’t put off requesting mail ballots because if too many requests come in at the last minute (end of July) the Supervisor of Elections will not be able to process all the requests before the August election.
It is easy and safe to vote by mail so just do it.