This year will be a busy one for elections. With a total of three for the year, we will kick off with the Presidential Preference Primary on March 17. There are some important pieces of information for you to know about this election.
- Florida has a closed primary system. This means you must be registered with a party to vote in their primary election.
- There will be a Democratic Primary and a Republican Primary. The Democratic ballot will have 16 Democrats to choose from and the Republican ballot will have 4 Republicans.
- Only registered Democrats and Republicans will be eligible to vote in this election. If you are registered as No Party Affiliation or with a minor party, you will not be eligible to vote.
- Voters can check to see which party they are registered with by visiting www.voteosceola.com or by calling the Elections Office at 407-742-6000.
- Anyone who is registering to vote for the first time in Florida, or would like to change their party affiliation for this election, will need to do so by February 18.
- Early Voting will be open from March 2 to March 15 at 7 locations around the county. You can visit any location during this time period to cast a ballot. For a live look at wait times during this window, visit www.voteosceola.com. The website also contains a list of Early Voting locations including the new location that is opening at the Narcoossee Community Center!
- Elections Office staff has been hearing that some citizens believe that they must re-register prior to this election in order to obtain a new voter ID card. That is not true. We do not have voter ID cards in the state of Florida. The office sends out voter information cards but these are not required to be able to vote. If for some reason the Elections Office were to update your information card, you would automatically receive a new one in the mail.
- Be aware that there are bad actors who are trying to affect our elections. If you come across questionable information online or out in public, please call the Elections Office at 407-742-6000. It is also suggested that you stay connected with the Elections Office through our texting service and/or social media on Facebook or Twitter to receive up to date information and reminders. To join our text information service, text the word “voter” to 31996.
Your Supervisor of Elections, Mary Jane Arrington, would like to remind all voters that whether you prefer to vote by mail, vote early or vote on Election Day, your vote is important. See you at the polls!