Registration underway for Primary Election in August
July 13, 2018 (Orlando) – Voters have a couple more weeks to register if they want to vote in the August 28 Primary Election.
The deadline is Monday, July 30. That’s the same deadline if you want to change your address or name, your party affiliation, etc. We live in a closed primary state. So if you want to vote in the upcoming primary elections, you must select a party before the deadline – for example, Democrat or Republican. You will be given a ballot with a list of candidates in your party who are vying for various public offices.
In order to register, you must be a United States citizen, must be 18 years old, must be a Florida resident and must have your civil rights restored (if ever convicted of a felony or declared mentally incompetent by the courts.)
In Orange County, we have some key races for the primary election in August: Orange County Mayor, Orange County Sheriff (Special Election to fill the remainder of the term – two years that will be left vacant by Sheriff Jerry Demings who is running for county mayor), several county commission seats and School Board chairperson seat, as well as county judges.
Throughout the state, voters will select candidates within their party for representatives in Congress, Florida governor (and lieutenant governor), which includes six candidates on the Democratic side alone. So yes, it’s a hotly contested race.
The General Election for candidates winning their primaries, other legislative and congressional candidates as well as for special referendums and amendments will be held on November 6.
If you have any questions about registering and/or making changes to your registration so that you can vote in August, contact your county Supervisor of Elections office.
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