Early Voting in Leon County/Tallahassee Kicks Off August 3

By The Tally Wire Staff

Early voting in Leon County is coming up! On Wednesday, July 29, 2020, Mark S. Earley, the Supervisor of Elections in Leon County, announced that this year’s Early Voting would begin on August 3, 2020, and be extended to run until Sunday, August 16, 2020. “Due to the impact of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, I have extended early voting from 9 days to 14 days, the maximum allowable under Florida law. In order to protect the health of the community, all poll workers will be wearing masks, and I strongly encourage voters to wear them as well,” Earley said. Election Day is August 18, 2020, and there are 10 convenient locations across both Tallahassee and Woodville to cast your early vote at.

Early voting is when one casts a ballot before Election Day at an official, designated Early Voting location. “The voting equipment used during Early Voting is the same as the equipment used on Election Day,” Leon Votes explains. “The benefits of Early Voting include shorter wait times, weekend voting, and the flexibility to vote at any Early Voting site in the county.”

Here’s what you need to know about Early Voting in Leon County and Tallahassee:

  1. You need to have a valid photo ID and a signature identification on hand when you go to early vote on site, per Florida law. Any combination of 2 forms of ID that show both a photo and a signature are valid forms of identification. This might include a Florida Driver’s License (or Florida ID) and a Debit or Credit Card, for instance. 
  2. You must be registered with one of the two Florida major political parties in order to vote in the Presidential Preference Primary Election. For instance, you must be registered as either a republican or democrat if you plan to early vote.
  3. The Supervisor of Elections in Leon County is Mark Earley. 
  4. A list of local early voting locations can be found online, here. 
  5. You can register to vote online through the Florida Department of State, here.
  6. You can find a master list of Florida voting locations and their hours of operation, here. 
  7. An official 2020 Election Guide can be viewed online as a PDF, here.
  8. If you do not have an acceptable form of identification, you can opt to vote a Provisional Ballot. 
  9. Voter ID cards, as issued by the Supervisor of Elections, are not valid forms of ID in this scenario. 
  10. You can view your Voter Information, including your past voting activity in the last year, check the status of your mail ballot, and see a sample ballot, here.

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