Gainesville special election voting
Pictured clockwise, from top left, are the 2021 candidates for Gainesville's special election to fill an at-large city commission seat: Cynthia Chestnut, Scherwin Henry, Matt Howland, Patrick Ingle and Gabe Kaimowitz.

Here’s what you need to know about voting in Gainesville’s 2021 special election


Early voting for the City of Gainesville special election to fill the vacancy of City Commission At-Large, Seat B, begins this week. Whether you head to the polling locations during early voting or on election day, read this guide to help you prepare.

Who are the candidates?

You can read WUFT’s coverage on the five people running for the vacant seat here.

When and where is early voting? 

Early voting for the City of Gainesville special election begins Friday, Nov. 12 and lasts through Sunday, Nov. 14. Locations are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Early voting locations include the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections Office, found at 515 N Main St., Suite 100, and the Millhopper Branch Library, found at 3145 NW 43rd St.

What do I need to bring to vote?

Voters must show a form of picture and signature identification, including Florida driver licenses, United States passports or government employee IDs. You may also provide two forms of ID in order to qualify.

Click here to see the full list of accepted identification.

What’s on the ballot?

Registered voters can click here to see their sample ballot.

Where can I vote on election day?

Polling locations will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 16. 

Click here to find your precinct.

For more information, contact the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections at 352-374-5252.

About Mikayla Carroll

Mikayla is a reporter for WUFT News who can be reached by calling 352-392-6397 or emailing

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