Brevard County Supervisor of Election Lori Scott Provides Election Day Tips for Voters
By Space Coast Daily // August 28, 2018
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BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The 2018 Primary Elections will take place on Tuesday and hopes are high for a number of local and statewide candidates. Be sure to tune into Space Coast Daily for your complete election day coverage.
The polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. on election day.
“In general, the peak voting times are 7 a.m. to 8 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.,” said Brevard County Supervisors of Election Lori Scott.
“If possible, voters are encouraged to vote at a time other than these peak voting periods. All eligible voters in line at their polling place at 7 p.m. will be allowed to vote, regardless of the length of the line.”
If you are not sure whether you are registered to vote or eligible to vote in a particular election, contact the Brevard County Supervisor of Elections office before Tuesday or use the online voter status verification form.
Find out where you are assigned to vote before Election Day.
Your voter information card has the name and address of your polling place, or you can obtain it by using the online voter status verification form. Be sure that you know how to get to your polling place, if you don’t, contact the elections office for directions.
Per Florida Statute 101.045, you must vote in the precinct of your legal residence.
“We recommend that you change your address with us prior to Election Day,” said Scott.
“However, you may change your address at the polls on Election Day provided you are an eligible voter registered in Florida and you are moving from one address to another within Brevard County or you are moving from another county within Florida.”
If you do not meet one of these criteria, you will be permitted to vote a provisional ballot.
• To be allowed to vote you must show a valid form of identification, which must contain the voter’s name, photograph and signature and must not be expired. A list of the acceptable forms of identification can be found here.
• The identification which is required and checked at the polls is used solely to confirm the voter’s identity, not to verify the voter’s identification number or address. The photograph on the identification is compared to the person standing before the poll worker and the signature on the card is compared to the voter’s signature on the precinct roster.
• If you are voting at a school, you should avoid voting at the arrival and dismissal time for the school.
• Use the sample ballot mailed to you by the elections office or available on this website to decide how you want to vote before you go into the polling place. This is particularly helpful when there are many offices to be voted on as well as a large number of constitutional amendments and/or referendums on the ballot (this is typical in the November elections in even-numbered years). You may bring marked sample ballots into the polls to help you remember how you want to vote; however, you may not leave them in the voting booths or show them to other voters in line.
• While they are in their polling place voting, voters may wear t-shirts, buttons, hats, etc., which express their political preferences as long as they are not actively campaigning (see Division of Elections Opinion 82-13)
• Please feel free to ask the poll workers questions about the polling place setup and voting equipment. If you have questions that they are unable to answer, please contact the Elections Office (after Election Day, if possible).
• If you need assistance in voting due to blindness, disability or inability to read or write, you may have someone of your choice (or two poll workers) assist you in voting. You may not have your employer, an agent of your employer, or an officer or agent of your union assist you in voting [Section 101.051(1), Florida Statutes]. In addition, accessible touchscreen ballot marking devices are available at each polling place.
• If you do not vote for any candidates or vote for more candidates than are allowed in a contest, only that contest will be affected; any other contests in which the allowed number of candidates are selected will be counted.
• If you make a mistake in voting, tell the clerk in charge of the polling place, give him or her your spoiled ballot, and you will be issued a replacement ballot. Your spoiled ballot will be sealed and no one will be allowed to see it. You may not receive more than two replacement ballots per election.
• If you receive a Vote-by-Mail Ballot but decide to vote at an Early Voting site or at your polling location on Election Day, please bring your Mail Ballot with you to surrender to an election official. Doing so will help reduce potential wait times and expedite your check-in process.
If you suspect that you have encountered voter fraud, you can report it to the Division of Elections at 877-868-3737. More information on voter fraud can be found HERE on the Division of Elections.
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