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Voter Registration Deadline Is Fast Approaching

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Voter registration books for the November 3 General Election will close on Monday. 

Florida law mandates registration books close 29 days before an election. That leaves just a few days to register or make party-affiliation changes. Address changes can be made after the books close.

To register or check on the status of your registration, stop by or go online to the website of your local Supervisor of Elections office: www.escambiavotes.gov, www.votesantarosa.com, www.govote-okaloosa.com, and www.votewalton.com.

Voter registration applications are available at Florida Division of Safety and Motor Vehicles or driver’s license offices and county tax collector’s offices. Find information and a link to www.registertovoteflorida.gov/home.

A link to the state’s voter registration form is also available on the League of Women Voters voter resource website www.vote411. Additionally, registration forms can be printed, filled out, and mailed in to supervisor of elections offices. Mailed forms must be received or postmarked no later than Oct. 5.

To allow more time for voters to register before the book-closing deadline, supervisor of elections offices have announced extended hours on Monday.

Escambia:

Regular business hours for the Escambia County Supervisor of Elections office at 213 Palafox Pl, downtown Pensacola, are Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Supervisor David Stafford has announced plans to be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday. For more details, call (850) 595-3900 or Toll Free: 1-877-595-VOTE (8683) or visit the website www.escambiavotes.gov.

Santa Rosa: According to a news release, the Santa Rosa County Supervisor of Elections main office, 6495 Caroline St. in Milton, will be open regular business hours through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for registration. The South Annex, 5841 Gulf Breeze Parkway in Gulf Breeze, will be open regular business hours for registration as well. Both offices will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday. For information, call (850) 983-1900 or go visit www.votesantarosa.com.

Okaloosa: The Okaloosa County Supervisor of Elections office has two locations. The main office at 302 N. Wilson St. in Crestview and the branch office at 1250 Eglin Parkway, Suite 103 in Shalimar also will offer normal hours of operation 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday, with plans to extend operations from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday. For more information, call (850) 689-5600 or (850) 651-7272 or go online to www.govote-okaloosa.com.

Walton: In Walton County, the Supervisor of Elections office has two locations: Walton County Courthouse at 571 U.S. 90 East, Suite 102 in DeFuniak Springs, and Walton County Courthouse Annex at 31 Coastal Centre Blvd., Suite 300 in Santa Rosa Beach. Normal hours of operation are Monday -Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The office will close at 5 p.m. Monday. For more information, call (850) 892-8112 or (850) 622-0744, or visit www.votewalton.com.

Who Can Register to Vote: To register to vote in Florida, you must:

  1. Be a citizen of the United States of America (A lawful permanent resident, commonly referred to as a "green card holder," does not have the right to register or vote in Florida)
  2. Be a Florida resident 
  3. Be at least 18 years old (You may preregister to vote if you are 16 years old)
  4. Not have been adjudicated mentally incapacitated with respect to voting in Florida or any other state without having the right to vote restored
  5. Not have been convicted of a felony without your voting rights having been restored.