Ballots have hit the mail

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By Lou Elliott Jones, Editor

The books are not yet closed for the Aug. 26 primary and 4,443 absentee ballots are in the mail headed to voters who requested them. Another 46 have gone out to Florida residents who are in the military – who received 16 electronically, or who work or travel overseas.

Those who want to vote in the Aug. 26 primary, or change their party affiliation, or registration information or update their signatures have until 4:30 p.m. Monday, July 28, to visit the Supervisor of Elections Office next to the county courthouse in Bronson or to drop is later in the day in the secure drop box by the front door of the office.

For those who want to vote by absentee ballot, voters have until 5 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 20, to request a ballot by mail.

All absentee ballots must be received by the Supervisor of Election Office by 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 26, to be counted in the primary. 

The primary ballot for those who have no party affiliation will be short as it only features the race for an 8th Judicial Circuit Judgeship race between incumbent William “Bill” Davis and William Falk. 

The Democrats will receive a slightly longer ballot that has the judgeship race, the race for the nomination for governor between former Gov. Charlie Crist and former Sen. Nan Rich, and the race for the Democratic nomination for State Attorney General between George Sheldon and former Sen. Perry Thurston.

The Republicans will have the longest primary ballot with the judgeship and choosing between candidates for the party’s nomiation for governor including incumbent Rick Scott, Elizabeth Cuevas-Neunderand Yinka Abosede Adeshina; District 3 Congressional Representative with incumbent Ted Yoho and attorney Jake Rush; two county commissioners with incumbent Chad “Cracker” Johnson and Russell "Rock" Meeks in District 2, and incumbent Ryan Bell and former commissioner Lilly Rooks for District 4.

With the Levy County Republican Executive Committee recruiting and fielding more candidates in contested races than in the past, the county’s registration has swung from Democrat to Republican. As of Monday evening, the Supervisor of Election website showed there were 10,523 registered Republican voters, 10,360 registered Democrats, and 4,801 independents or no party affiliation a,ong the county’s 25.684 voters. 




Primary Election Q. and A.


Below are some Frequently Asked Questions regarding the upcoming Primary Election. The Supervisor of Elections office wants to be sure every voter has the information needed to make their selection in every election, both primary and general. 

These answers only apply for the situations occurring in this particular primary election and may change for the next primary election depending on the qualifying candidates and any voting regulation changes.


Q: When is the last possible date to register to vote in the primary August 26, 2014? 


A: For the primary election, the books close on Monday, July 28, 2014. ThatÅfs the last possible day to register to vote and to make any changes, such as changing your party affiliation, to be able to vote in the primary election. 


Q: Who can vote in the primary election on August 26, 2014? 


A: Florida is a closed primary state and only voters who are registered members of a political party may vote for their respective party’s candidates in a primary election. Voters without party affiliation are not eligible to vote for party candidates in a primary election. All registered voters, regardless of party affiliation, may vote on nonpartisan candidates in a primary election.


For this primary election in Levy County on Aug. 26, 2014, voters registered Republican will receive a ballot specifically for that party. Voters registered as Democrat will likewise receive a ballot with democratic candidates only, and voters with no party affiliation will receive a ballot with non-partisan candidates only. Again, this is only for this particular primary election situation and may be different for the next primary depending on qualifying candidates.


Q: Who can vote in the general election on November 4, 2014?


A: Every registered voter, regardless of party affiliation, can vote in the general election for a candidate of any party. 


Remember, for additional information, go to the Supervisor of Elections website at www.votelevy.com or contact the Supervisor of Elections office at 352-486-5163.