Audio and text stories by Junior Skepple and Lisa Hope – WUFT News
Millions of Floridians have already cast their vote during the 96 hours of early voting. The last day of early voting is Saturday, November 3rd by 8 p.m.
Through the first four days of early voting in Alachua County, 15,000 voters visited the polls. The three locations where registered voters can cast their ballot are the Supervisor of Elections Office Downtown, Millhopper Branch Library, and Tower Road Branch Library. The hours of operation for all three voting locations are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Democrats and the League of Women Voters formally requested that Gov. Rick Scott extend early voting, but the governor declined to allow that option.
Peter Phillips, an early voter, says he takes his responsibility as a voter very seriously.
“Voting is not something that we should take lightly, it’s a responsibility, an obligation,” said Phillips.
Pam Carpenter, Alachua County Supervisor of Elections says it is best to know the amendments you are voting on before coming to the polls.
“You really need to do your homework, and know what you want to vote on before you go in to the voting booth. If you don’t, it takes about 14 minutes to read all the Constitutional amendments and then you have the candidates and local issues on top of that,” said Carpenter.
Florida Law requires voters to present current and valid picture and signature ID in order to vote at the polls. The following photo ID’s will be accepted.
- Florida Driver’s License
- Florida ID Card Issued by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
- United States Passport
- Debit or Credit Card
- Military ID
- Student ID
- Retirement Center ID
- Neighborhood Association ID
- Public Assistance ID
Photo identification that does not contain a signature will be accepted but voters will be asked to present an additional form of ID that includes a signature.
If you do not vote before the end of the early voting period you will need to wait until National Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 6. If you are not sure where to vote, your voting location is on your Alachua County voter card or you can contact the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections Office at (352) 374-5252.