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Time for Hernando voters to prepare for election year

Hernando County resident Joanne Wyman sports an "I voted" sticker after casting her ballot at Timber Pines Performing Arts Center on primary election day in 2018.
Hernando County resident Joanne Wyman sports an "I voted" sticker after casting her ballot at Timber Pines Performing Arts Center on primary election day in 2018.

Hernando County Supervisor of Elections Shirley Anderson offers reminders to voters regarding the upcoming election year.

Florida is a closed primary state, so in a primary election, a voter is limited to choosing candidates of the party with which they are registered. Twenty-seven percent of voters in Hernando County are registered as No Party Affiliation or as a member of a minor party and will not be eligible to vote in the March 17 presidential preference primary. Only voters registered as Democrats or Republicans may vote for respective party candidates.

To learn more about the presidential preference primary, go online to: dos.myflorida.com/elections/for-voters/quick-facts-presidential-preference-primary/

Feb. 18, 2020, is the deadline to make party changes or to register to vote for this election. To do so, complete a voter registration application at one of the county election offices or online at hernandovotes.com/Voters/Register-to-Vote .

Election offices are at:

• Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Room 165, Brooksville

• Forest Oaks Government Center, 7443 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill

In a general election, party affiliation is not an issue. Voters may vote for a candidate regardless of party preference. To check your registration status, go to: hernandovotes.com/Voters/Voter-Lookup-Tool.

Contact the elections office at 352-754-4125 for questions concerning voter registration status or to order a vote-by-mail ballot.

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