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My Vote, My Future

Lee County Voter Education

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My Vote, My Future

  1. 1. LEE COUNTY VOTER EDUCATION
  2. 2. TOPICS • VOTER REGISTRATION • METHODS OF VOTING • PRECINCTS • POLL WORKERS • ELECTION INFORMATION • 15TH & 19TH AMENDMENTS OF THE U.S. CONSTITUTION
  3. 3. 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
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. 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**
  8. 8. TYPES OF ELECTIONS MUNICIPAL PRIMARY GENERAL SPECIAL Direct Number: 239.533.6332
  9. 9. LOCAL: 5 MUNICIPALITIES – BONITA SPRINGS, CAPE CORAL, FORT MYERS, SANIBEL AND TOWN OF FORT MYERS COUNTY: CONSTITUTIONAL OFFICERS – SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS, TAX COLLECTOR, PROPERTY APPRAISER, CLERK OF COURTS, COUNTY COMMISIONERS, SCHOOL BOARD, BOARD AND SPECIAL DISTRICTS STATE: GOVERNOR, SENATORS AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FEDERAL: PRESIDENT, US SENATORS AND US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
  10. 10. 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
  11. 11. 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
  12. 12. 15TH 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.” 19TH 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
  13. 13. 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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