Have you ever waited in a long line to cast your ballot? If you plan to wait until Election Day to vote this November, you may end up doing just that. This year there are five constitutional amendments that stem from referendums and initiatives. On top of those five, the Constitution Revision Commission has proposed eight other amendments to our state constitution. This gives us 13 amendments in total. If you’ve ever read an amendment before, you know that they are not super easy to understand. Now think about all of the people in front of you in line trying to read all 13 and decide how to vote on each of them. This is why the lines will be long.
Here are some things you can do to prepare for the very long ballot:
1) Research the amendments ahead of time. They are posted on voteosceola.com. From this website, there are links to another website that provides a non-partisan explanation of each amendment.
2) Research candidates ahead of time. Knowing who you want to vote for and why is always important. Don’t leave yourself guessing in the voting booth.
3) Use your sample ballot. Anyone who does not vote by mail receives a sample ballot in the mail prior to Election Day. You should review this ballot and fill it out at home. Then, you can bring it with you to the polls to use as a guide when filling out your official ballot.
4) Vote Early. Early voting will be begin October 26 and run through November 4. You can visit any of the six locations around the county to cast your ballot between 9am and 7pm. You can find a list of early voting locations at www.voteosceola.com.
5) Vote by Mail. Take advantage of the most convenient way to vote. You can request a mail ballot at www.voteosceola.com or by calling the Elections Office at 407-742-6000. Once you’ve requested your ballot, it will be mailed to wherever you’d like to receive it at. You can vote it at your leisure, sign the envelope and send it back in the mail postage free.
Your vote is very important. Don’t let lines turn you off from casting your ballot this November.