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PREPARE AHEAD OF TIME TO MAKE VOTING SMOOTH

Across Florida, elections supervisors are expecting a huge turnout for the first presidential election since 1952 that doesn't include a sitting president or vice president on the ballot. Hernando County is no different.

This Know Your Candidates special report is aimed at helping you make the most efficient trip to the poll as possible, whether you vote in the comfort of your home with an absentee ballot, venture to one of the county's early voting sites by Nov. 1 or head to a traditional precinct on Nov. 4.

Inside you'll find information on all major races on the ballot and details of the half-dozen proposals for amending the state's Constitution. Other information you'll need:

Voting options

Absentee ballot: You have until Oct. 29 to request a ballot be mailed to you by either going online, calling, faxing, mailing or e-mailing the elections supervisor's office. Contact information is below.

Early voting: Six days a week, registered voters may vote early until Nov. 1. Bring a picture and signature ID. The hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday at two locations:

- Main Elections Office, 20 N Main St., Room 165, Brooksville

- Branch Elections Office, 7443 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill

Election Day: Polls are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Registered voters should bring their picture and signature ID card to their assigned precinct, which can be found on their voter cards. Precinct information can also be obtained from the election supervisor's office.

New No Match, No Vote law: If you applied to register to vote after Sept. 8 and have received a letter saying your voter registration application didn't match government databases, you need to provide additional information to the county elections office. If you fail to do so before Election Day, you can still cast a provisional ballot at the precinct. You then must, by the Thursday after Election Day, provide proof you are qualified to vote to the county elections supervisor office so your provisional ballot will be counted.

Fast facts

Have questions?

Contact the elections supervisor at www.hernandovotes.com or (352) 754-4125. Mailing address: Hernando Supervisor of Elections, County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Room 165, Brooksville, FL 34601.

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