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New Hernando elections chief's message: 'Get out to vote'

Shirley Anderson, the Hernando County supervisor of elections, has posted on her Facebook page about voting in the primary election and worked to spread the word in newspaper advertisements and on the radio.

OCTAVIO JONES | Times

Shirley Anderson, the Hernando County supervisor of elections, has posted on her Facebook page about voting in the primary election and worked to spread the word in newspaper advertisements and on the radio.

BROOKSVILLE — As Shirley Anderson navigates her first primary as Hernando County's supervisor of elections, she is upbeat about the process, excited about Election Day on Tuesday and encouraging people to exercise their right to vote.

Late this week, Anderson's office stopped mailing out ballots as part of the vote-by-mail campaign. She was excited by having had more than 18,000 requests for mail ballots, though concerned that they were not being returned very quickly. Although she first predicted a 25 percent overall voter turnout by the time the last ballots are counted Tuesday night, she now says that might be a bit too optimistic.

It is not for lack of trying, Anderson pointed out. The primary election has been all over her Facebook page, in newspaper advertisements and on the radio. She mailed sample ballots to all registered voters.

"We provide the opportunity for people to get out and vote. We can't get them to actually come out and vote,'' Anderson said. "That is the candidates' job and the parties' job.''

She encouraged those with mail-in ballots to mail them back or return them to one of the county's two election offices by 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Early voting continues through Saturday at four locations: the East Hernando Branch Library, the South Brooksville Community Center, the Spring Hill Branch Library and the Supervisor of Elections Office at Forest Oaks. Voting in those locations will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

On Election Day, polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Voters must bring photo and signature identification to the polling place. There are 37 precincts at 33 locations. For this year's elections, Anderson combined two existing precincts into a new polling place and changed the locations of six other polling places.

Anderson is also offering some new features on her website: hernandovotes.com. They include a running total of mail ballots received and early votes cast, searchable by political party and by precinct. Voters can look under the "voters" tab for personalized voter information.

In addition, lists of candidates and their financial reports are available.

For Republicans, the primary ballot includes candidates for governor, the District 4 seat on the County Commission, a nonpartisan circuit judge race and the nonpartisan Hernando County School Board seats in Districts 1, 3 and 5. Democrats will also choose in the School Board and judge's races, as well as picking nominees for governor and the attorney general.

All others will vote only for circuit judge and the School Board.

For the first time, anyone showing their voter identification card can ride THE Bus for free Tuesday. The public transit buses will only go to their regular stops, but Anderson said it is a good start to providing more access to voting locations in the future and gives recognition to voters.

Anderson's message to voters is clear: "Get those ballots back in and get out to vote.''

>>fast facts

Election Day polling place changes

Precinct number and new polling place are listed below. Registered voters can find their precinct number on their voter identification card.

Precincts 11 and 26: Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place, Brooksville

Precinct 12: Deerfield Clubhouse, 15471 Atwater Drive, Brooksville

Precinct 13: Heather Community Center, 9100 Nakoma Way, Weeki Wachee

Precinct 35: Timber Pines Performing Arts Center, 2340 Grand Pine Blvd., Spring Hill

Precinct 37: Hillside Community Baptist Church, 27440 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville

Precinct 44: Sterling Hill Clubhouse North, 4411 Sterling Hill Blvd., Brooksville

Precinct 53: High Point Community Clubhouse, 12249 Club House Rd., Brooksville

Source: Supervisor of Elections Office

New Hernando elections chief's message: 'Get out to vote' 08/21/14 [Last modified: Thursday, August 21, 2014 9:41am]
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