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Another way to vote early -- and avoid pesky lines



Early voting in Florida ended Saturday evening, but a savvy voter can still vote "early" and avoid those anticipated long lines at the polls on Election Day.

It's known as early in-person absentee voting. Voters can go to their county Supervisor of Elections office, ask for a ballot and vote on the spot and be sure their vote is counted. Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties reportedly are providing early in-person absentee voting on Sunday. It will be available all day Monday in all 67 counties in Florida.

Here are a few other important and basic reminders about voting, courtesy of Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark:

* Some polling precinct locations have changed due to redistricting, population changes and the limited availability of sites. Look at the address of your polling place, listed on your voter registration card. If you can't find your voter registration card, contact your county elections office.

* Bring photo and signature verification with you when you go to vote to avoid delays and extra paperwork.

* If you need to update your voting address at the polls and you have moved from another county, you will be asked to cast a provisional ballot. (The only exceptions are for active military personnel and their families).

* You can still vote by mail as long as your ballot is hand delivered to the election supervisor's office by 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6.

* If you have requested an absentee ballot and decide later that you would rather vote in person at the polls, you can -- but you need to bring your blank absentee ballot to your polling place so that it's cancelled. 

[Last modified: Sunday, November 4, 2012 11:51am]


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