Early voting for the March 17 Presidential Preference Primary and city of Gainesville regular election begins Friday and will run through March 14.
Early voting will be held from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily at the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections Office, 505 N. Main St., Millhopper branch library, 3145 NW 43rd St., Tower Road branch library, 3020 SW 75th St., Alachua Legacy Park Multipurpose Center, 15400 Peggy Road in Alachua, Orange Heights Baptist Church, 16700 NE State Road 26 in Hawthorne and J. Wayne Reitz Union, 655 Reitz Union Drive, Ground Floor on the University of Florida campus.
All voting precincts will be open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on Election Day, March 17. Voter turnout was 44.36 percent for the 2016 Presidential Preference Primary and city of Gainesville regular election, according to the Elections Office’s website.
Florida is a closed primary election state, which means voters can only vote for candidates in their party. In order to vote, registered voters must provide a current and valid picture and signature ID at their polling site, or they will be required to use a provisional ballot, which is used to record a vote when there are questions about a voter's eligibility that must be resolved before the vote can count.
Races that will be on the ballot include the Democratic and Republican presidential primaries and races for the Gainesville City Commission’s At-Large Seat 2, District 2 and District 3 seats.
The At-Large Seat 2 candidates are former commissioner Scherwin Henry, frequent commission meetings attendee Gabe Kaimowitz, businessman Paul Rhodenizer and public interest attorney Reina Saco. The District 2 candidates are David Walle, a broker associate specializing in investments and property tax appeals with commercial real estate firm NAI Heritage, and incumbent Harvey Ward Jr. and the District 3 candidates are incumbent David Arreola and Gainesville Realtor Jennifer Reid.
Voters who intend to vote-by-mail are urged by officials to mail their ballots into the Elections Office a week before Election Day. Voters can also drop their mail-in-ballots in the drop box in front of the Elections Office.
Also, voters are encouraged to update their addresses if they have moved since they last voted because Florida law requires voters to vote in the precinct of their current address. If you have not updated your address before Election Day, you will need to fill out a change of address form at the polls, and may have to travel to the correct precinct in order to vote, according to officials.
For more information, call 352-374-5252 or visit www.votealachua.com.