THE VOTING PROCESS

 
 BE A PREPARED VOTER

Before election day check your voter information card to make sure all information is correct. If not, call our office for instructions on how to get your registration corrected or updated.

  • If you do not know the location of your polling place, call our office for directions before Election Day.
  • Request your absentee ballot as soon as you know that you will be unable to vote at your polling place on election day.
  • If you are leaving Suwannee County for an extended period of time, check with our office about any upcoming elections.
  • Watch the newspaper for notices about book closing dates and election dates, as well as sample ballots.
  • The Supervisor of Elections Office handles city, county, state and federal elections primarily.

CLOSED PRIMARY
Florida is a closed primary state.  In the Primary Election, you will be able to vote only for the candidates whose party affiliation is the same as yours and for nonpartisan races.  If a partisan race will be decided in the primary; everyone will vote in that race.  This is known as a "Universal Primary Contest."

HOW TO VOTE
Your voter information card shows the precinct, polling location and voting districts for your address. Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on election day. If you have moved within Suwannee County, you must vote in your new precinct. Call our office at (386)362-2616 before election day to find out where your new precinct is located.

IDENTIFICATION
You are not required to bring your voter information card to the polling place or early voting site.  Instead, take a valid form of Florida identification bearing your signature, as well as a picture to the polling place since the law requires both signature and photo identification in order to vote. The approved forms of picture identification are:
  1. Florida driver's license
  2. Florida identification card issued by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
  3. United States passport
  4. Debit or credit card
  5. Military identification
  6. Student identification
  7. Retirement center identification
  8. Neighborhood association identification
  9. Public assistance identification

If you do not bring these materials to the polling place, you will be required to vote a provisional ballot.

SECRET BALLOT
Privacy in the polling place is required by law to ensure that no one will be able to see how you vote. Each voter is given enough time to read the ballot and record his/her vote without influence or harassment from anyone. A voter may request assistance in voting because of blindness, disability, or inability to read or write. You may call our office at (386) 362-2616 or inquire at your polling place for more information regarding voting assistance.