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LEE COUNTY VOTER EDUCATION. SHARON L. HARRINGTON LEE COUNTY SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS.

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1 LEE COUNTY VOTER EDUCATION

2 SHARON L. HARRINGTON LEE COUNTY SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS

3 TOPICS VOTER REGISTRATION METHODS OF VOTING PRECINCTS POLL WORKERS ELECTION INFORMATION 15 TH & 19 TH AMENDMENTS OF THE U. S. CONSTITUTION

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5 VOTER QUALIFICATIONS UNITED STATES CITIZEN FLORIDA RESIDENT 18 YEARS OF AGE (PRE-REGISTER AT 17) NOT ADJUDICATED MENTALLY INCAPACITATED WITH RESPECT TO VOTING, UNLESS THAT RIGHT HAS BEEN RESTORED NOT A CONVICTED FELON IN ANY STATE, UNLESS YOU HAVE HAD YOUR RIGHTS RESTORED MUST BE REGISTERED FOR AT LEAST 29 DAYS BEFORE BEING ABLE TO VOTE IN AN ELECTION

6 METHODS OF VOTING EARLY VOTING APPROXIMATELY 2 WEEKS BEFORE ELECTION DAY EVENING & WEEKEND HOURS NOT PRECINCT SPECIFIED – VOTERS CAN VOTE AT ANY LOCATION ELECTION DAY VOTING MUST VOTE IN YOUR DESIGNATED PRECINCT ONLY VOTING HOURS 7:00AM TO 7:00PM ABSENTEE BALLOT BY MAIL ANY REGISTERED VOTER CAN REQUEST ONE BALLOT CAN BE MAILED TO YOU ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD LAST DAY TO REQUEST ONE IS ALWAYS THE WEDNESDAY BEFORE THE ELECTION IF YOU MAKE A MISTAKE ON YOUR BALLOT, YOU CAN REQUEST UP TO THREE BALLOTS TOTAL BALLOT MUST BE RETURNED TO THE ELECTIONS MAIN OFFICE BY 7:00PM ON ELECTION DAY

7 FORMS OF IDENTIFICATION & PROVISIONAL BALLOTS WHEN A VOTER’S REGISTRATION OR IDENTITY IS IN QUESTION, THEY ARE OFFERED A PROVISIONAL BALLOT ONCE THE VOTER’S INFORMATION HAS BEEN VERIFIED BY OUR OFFICE, THE BALLOT WILL BE OFFICIALLY COUNTED CURRENT & VALID PHOTO ID & SIGNATURE REQUIRED TO VOTE FLORIDA DRIVER’S LICENSE FLORIDA ID CARD US PASSPORT DEBIT OR CREDIT CARD MILITARY ID STUDENT ID RETIREMENT CENTER ID NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION ID PUBLIC ASSISTANCE ID

8 PRECINCTS & POLL WORKERS POLL WORKERS ARE TRAINED TEMPORARY STAFF WHO WORK IN THE PRECINCTS ON ELECTION DAY POLL WORKERS AND STUDENT POLL WORKERS MUST ATTEND TRAINING CLASSES AS REQUIRED BY FLORIDA STATUTES PRECINCTS ARE DETERMINED BY WHERE YOU LIVE ELECTION LAWS REQUIRE OUR POLLING PLACES TO BE ACCESSIBLE ACCORDING TO THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990

9 ANY PERSON RUNNING FOR OFFICE TO WHOM ANY ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING APPLIES: SEEKS TO QUALIFY FOR NOMINATION OR ELECTION BY MEANS OF THE PETITIONING PROCESS SEEKS TO QUALIFY FOR ELECTION AS A WRITE-IN CANDIDATE (DOES NOT PAY FEE TO HAVE NAME ON BALLOT) RECEIVES CONTRIBUTIONS OR MAKES EXPENDITURES, OR GIVES HIS/HER CONSENT FOR ANY OTHER PERSON TO RECEIVE CONTRIBUTIONS OR MAKE EXPENDITURES, WITH A VIEW TO BRINGING ABOUT HIS/HER NOMINATION OR ELECTION TO, OR RETENTION IN, PUBLIC OFFICE APPOINTS A TREASURER AND DESIGNATES A PRIMARY DEPOSITORY FILES QUALIFICATION PAPERS AND SUBSCRIBES TO A CANDIDATE’S OATH AS REQUIRED BY LAW **THIS DEFINITION DOES NOT INCLUDE ANY CANDIDATE FOR A POLITICAL PARTY EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE**

10 TYPES OF ELECTIONS MUNICIPAL PRIMARY GENERAL SPECIAL Direct Number: 239.533.6332

11 LOCAL: 5 MUNICIPALITIES – BONITA SPRINGS, CAPE CORAL, FORT MYERS, SANIBEL AND TOWN OF FORT MYERS BEACH COUNTY: CONSTITUTIONAL OFFICERS – SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS, TAX COLLECTOR, PROPERTY APPRAISER, SHERIFF, CLERK OF COURTS, COUNTY COMMISIONERS, SCHOOL BOARD, HOSPITAL BOARD AND SPECIAL DISTRICTS STATE: GOVERNOR, SENATORS AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FEDERAL: PRESIDENT, US SENATORS AND US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

12 PRIMARY ELECTION ELECTION BETWEEN TWO OR MORE CANDIDATES IN ONE POLITICAL PARTY CANDIDATE WITH THE MOST VOTES GOES ON TO THE GENERAL ELECTION CLOSED PRIMARY ELECTION FLORIDA IS A CLOSED PRIMARY STATE VOTERS WILL RECEIVE THE BALLOT OF THE PARTY WITH WHOM THEY ARE REGISTERED NO CROSSOVER VOTING IS ALLOWED VOTERS REGISTERED IN A MINOR PARTY CAN VOTE IN CLOSED PRIMARIES FOR NON-POLITICAL PARTY ISSUES, BUT NOT FOR CANDIDATES

13 GENERAL ELECTION NATIONAL, STATE OR COUNTY ELECTION HELD BETWEEN OR AMONG THE CANDIDATES WHO WON THEIR PRIMARY PARTIES ALWAYS THE FIRST TUESDAY AFTER THE FIRST MONDAY IN NOVEMBER

14 15 TH AMENDMENT OF THE US CONSTITUTION RATIFIED IN 1870 PROHIBITS FEDERAL OR STATE GOVERNMENTS FROM INFRINGING ON A CITIZEN’S RIGHT TO VOTE “ON ACCOUNT OF RACE, COLOR OR PREVIOUS CONDITION OF SERVITUDE.” 19 TH AMENDMENT OF THE US CONSTITUTION RATIFIED AUGUST 18, 1920 THE RIGHT OF CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES TO VOTE SHALL NOT BE DENIED OR ABRIGED BY THE UNITED STATES OR BY ANY STATE ON ACCOUNT OF SEX

15 NATIONAL VOTING RIGHTS ACT 1965 PROHIBITED STATES FROM IMPOSING ANY “VOTING QUALIFICATION OR PREREQUISITE TO VOTING, OR STANDARD, PRACTICE, OR PROCEDURE TO DENY OR ABRIGE THE RIGHT OF ANY CITIZEN OF THE US TO VOTE ON ACCOUNT OF RACE OR COLOR.” CONGRESS AMENDED & EXTENDED THE ACT FOR 25 YEARS ON JULY 27, 2006. SIGNED BY PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH

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17 LINDSEY THRASHER COMMUNITY EDUCATION COORDINATOR Lthrasher@leeelections.com DIRECT LINE: (239) 533-6332 Lthrasher@leeelections.com


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