Monday is the final day Floridians can register to vote or change their voter registration for participation in the Aug. 26 primary. Don't miss out.
Just how significant is the primary election?
In Pinellas County, at least one County Commission seat and at least three School Board seats will be decided. In Hillsborough County, a county judge will be picked and up to four School Board seats could be decided if a single candidate in each race wins more than 50 percent of the vote. Across the Tampa Bay area, at least six circuit court seats will be finalized. That's in addition to state legislative and county commission partisan primaries that voters will decide.
But the only way to have a say in who does government's work is to be registered to vote by the end of the day Monday. Voter registration forms can be found on the state's election website, and current registered voters can also check their status to be sure the information is correct. The address: election.dos.state.fl.us
Completed registration forms — including a signature — must be hand-delivered to the county's supervisor of elections by the end of the day Monday or mailed to the address shown on the form, but mailed forms must bear a Monday postmark to qualify.
Voting is Americans' right. But they must register first, preferably by the close of business Monday.