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Time is Running Out to Participate in the 2018 Election

published on: November 1, 2018

If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu.

It seems like the election is all anyone is talking about this week, and with good cause! Time is rapidly running out on your opportunity to participate. Floridians of all political persuasions and demographics are smashing records for early voting in non-Presidential election years. If you have not voted yet, don’t be left out!

Voting early is one of the easiest ways to participate. The best part is that you can do it on your schedule. In my house, we try to make voting a family activity. We load up the car with grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles, and even neighbors if possible. I think it sets an excellent example for the young people in my family and we make it fun by going for coffee or ice cream afterward. Voting can be as fun as you want it to be.

This weekend is your last chance to vote early, but the specific times and days vary by county.  If you have not yet voted, take a moment right now to look up your nearest early voting location and their hours and days of operation and make a mental plan to vote as soon as possible.

Of course, Election Day is officially on Tuesday, November 6. On that day, your local polling station will be open from 7am to 7pm. Remember, if you are in line at your precinct – even if you are out the door and around the block –  by 7pm, they must let you in to vote, so make sure you stay in line!

No matter when you vote, when you check-in at your designated polling location, you will be asked to provide a valid photo ID with signature, including any of the following:

  • Florida driver’s license or ID card
  • United States passport
  • Debit or credit card
  • Military identification
  • Student identification
  • Retirement center identification
  • Neighborhood association identification
  • Public assistance identification
  • Veteran health identification card issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs
  • License to carry a concealed weapon or firearm issued pursuant to s. 790.06
  • Government employee identification card

If your photo ID does not include your signature, you will be asked to provide another ID that has your signature. If you need help obtaining your ID to vote call VoteRiders at 844-338-8743.

You can find much more information about how you can exercise your rights as a citizen of Florida by clicking here.

Thank you for all that you do for Florida. Please share this information far and wide!