Supervisor of Elections David H. Stafford today stressed the importance of taking advantage of early voting options to Escambia County residents. The General Election ballot consists of two sheets (three pages), including 11 Constitutional Amendments, and requires more time than usual in the voting booth. As a result, voters can expect longer wait times on Election Day.
“Voting by mail is a great option because it gives voters plenty of time to research the candidates and amendments and avoid lines at the polls,” Stafford said. “We have already received over 18,000 absentee ballots. And another option, early voting, begins Saturday.”
To help alleviate long lines on Election Day, Stafford announced the addition of a fifth early voting site. The West Florida Public Library, located at 200 W. Gregory Street, will give voters another opportunity to cast their ballot. Early voting will be available from Saturday, October 27 through Saturday, November 3 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the following five locations:
Supervisor of Elections Main Office
213 Palafox Place, Second Floor
Supervisor of Elections Annex
292 Muscogee Road, Cantonment
Southwest Branch Library
12248 Gulf Beach Highway
Tryon Branch Library
1200 Langley Avenue
West Florida Public Library
200 West Gregory Street
Absentee ballots can be requested through the online form at EscambiaVotes.com, or by contacting the Supervisor of Elections by mail, phone, e-mail ([email protected]), or fax. Requests must include the voter’s date of birth and address, and must be received no later than Wednesday, October 31. Absentee ballots require $0.65 postage to return and must be received in the Elections Office by 7 p.m. on Election Day. Voted ballots may not be returned to a polling location on Election Day. Voters can track the status of their ballot at EscambiaVotes.com.
Voters are reminded to bring their photo and signature ID with them to the polls, study and mark their sample ballot, and are encouraged to visit EscambiaVotes.com for complete voting information or contact the Elections Office by phone or e-mail with any questions.