June 19, 2020 (Orange County, FL) — It seems like a long time from now but we know that with everything going on in our world, time flies by. It’s important that if you plan to vote in the crucial Primary Election in August, you must make sure you are registered to vote where you live and in the party of your choice.
The deadline to register to vote or update you party affiliation is Monday, July 20 (about a month from now), according the Orange County Supervisor of Elections Office. Also, if you plan to vote by mail you must request a ballot by 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8. The Primary Election is on Tuesday, August 18.
Florida is a closed primary state so you have to choose a party from which to select candidates.
In Orange County, voters will have a ballot full of names for Orange County Sheriff; Seven candidates are running against first-term Sheriff John Mina and there are several people running in each of the three open Orange County Commission seats. Same thing with the Property Appraiser position and four open School Board seats.
As we watch Americans of all races, ages and backgrounds protest and demand changes in light of a disproportionate number of Black people around the country being murdered at the hands of law enforcement officers, we are reminded that local positions are responsible for what happens in our communities. They work for residents, the main taxpayers. We all want to live in peace and expect law enforcement to protect and serve us. We want fair-minded people who are not afraid to do the right thing in the midst of racial tensions and a pandemic.
Your can register to vote or update your contact information or party affiliation at local driver license offices, public libraries as well as the Center for Independent Living and elections office.
The Orange County Elctions Office is located at 119 W. Kaley Street, Orlando, FL 32806. Phone: 407-836-2070. Website: http://www.ocfelections.com