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Marking National Voter Registration Day all over Florida

People in Florida can vote in the November election if they are registered by Oct. 9.
BRONTE WITTPENN   |   Times
A voting sign sits outside the Florida Aquarium in Tampa on Tuesday, August 28, 2018.
BRONTE WITTPENN | Times A voting sign sits outside the Florida Aquarium in Tampa on Tuesday, August 28, 2018.
Published Sep. 25, 2018
Updated Sep. 25, 2018

Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day, the largest one-day effort in America to register new voters for the Nov. 6 general election.

Across Florida, county election supervisors are sponsoring registration drives and people of all perspectives are using social media to promote taking part in democracy.

Here's a tweet from Fred Guttenberg, father of Jaime Guttenberg, one of the victims of the mass shooting at Douglas High in Parkland on Feb. 14.

The election supervisors in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando counties will take part in a special Tuesday afternoon telephone bank on WFLA-Channel 8, and they will answer questions about voting and voter registration.

Secretary of State Ken Detzner reminds Floridians they can check their voter registration status by using the state's lookup tool, which can also track a voter's polling place, sample ballot and the status of a vote-by-mail request.

The deadline to register to vote in the November election is Oct. 9. Tens of thousands of overseas and military ballots went out in the mail late last week, and millions of vote-by-mail ballots will hit mailboxes starting Tuesday, Oct. 2.

An independent consortium, the Electronic Registration Information Center, has estimated that one of every four adults in Florida is not registered to vote.

Florida also has about 1.5 million adults who have been permanently removed from the voter rolls because of a felony conviction. Amendment 4 on the November ballot would automatically restore the right to vote to most felons.