Today is Florida's primary election day, and thousands of Hernando County voters are expected to head to the polls. Here is some information you should know as you exercise your right to vote.
Who can vote?
You will not be able to vote for Democratic or Republican candidates unless you are registered under one of those parties. You may, however, vote for nonpartisan candidates in the Hernando County School Board races and in two judicial races.
When can I vote?
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Where can I vote?
If you are unsure of your voting precinct or need an address, contact the Supervisor of Elections Office at 754-4125. Information is also available on the office's Web site: hernandovotes.com.
What kind of identification do I need to bring to the polls?
A current and valid picture identification with a signature, such as a Florida driver's license; Florida identification card issued by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles; U.S. passport; employee badge or identification; buyer's club identification; debit or credit card; military identification; student identification; retirement center identification; neighborhood association identification; entertainment identification; and public assistance identification. If the picture identification does not contain a signature, you will be asked to provide identification with your signature.
What if there is a problem with my registration?
If you have moved or changed your name since the last time you voted and have not notified the Elections Office, you can still vote. If you show up at the wrong voting location, you will be directed to the correct site. There, you can complete an affidavit with the correct information and you will be allowed to vote. You can change your name and address on election day, but not your party.
What is the expected turnout for this election?
Supervisor of Elections Annie Williams predicts a 20 percent to 30 percent turnout. "But I hope I'm wrong,'' she said, adding that she would like to see a lot more voters exercise this important right.
How has the early voting gone so far?
Turnout has been lower than Williams anticipated. As of Friday, 1,894 Hernando residents voted early, while 4,010 voted absentee. Combined, those voters are roughly 5 percent of the total number of registered voters.
I have an absentee ballot that I did not mail. Can I still use it?
You can hand-deliver an absentee ballot on Election Day, but not to your precinct. Instead, go to the Supervisor of Election's Office in the county government center, 20 Main St. in Brooksville by 7 p.m.; or to the Spring Hill office, Forest Oaks Government Center, 7443 Forest Oaks Blvd., by 4 p.m.
I need a ride to the polling booth. Can anyone help?
Williams said her office does not provide this service, but voters can contact either party — the Democratic Executive Committee, 238-6299; or the Republican Executive Committee, 796-4741.
How do the parties stack up in Hernando County?
Registered Democrats: 46,453; registered Republicans: 48,386; registered no party or minor parties: 25,340
When is the general election?