In Palm Beach County, FL, in order to be able to vote in the November 6, 2012 election, you must be registered with the Supervisor of Elections by no later than October 9, 2012. That is five days from now.
Where can you register to vote? You can register at any of these locations, but I encourage you to go to them, since time is short:
- Main Office of Elections Supervisor
- Glades Office Building Branch Office
- Northeast County Courthouse Branch Office
- Southeast PBC Administrative Branch Office
You can pre-print your form, but I would still recommend hand delivering to one of these locations. Take picture identification with you; driver’s license, passport, student ID, etc. Also, take some verification of your current address; driver’s license, utility bill, paycheck, etc.
You may vote by absentee ballot and instructions are on the supervisor’s website. Two important things about absentee ballots to be sure your vote is counted:
- You MUST SIGN the ballot.
- Your absentee ballot MUST BE RECEIVED by the supervisor’s office no later than 7:00 PM on November 6, 2012 and note that the branch offices all close by 5:00 PM on that day.
You can look at a “sample ballot” based upon your address by going to the supervisor’s website here. Sadly, the ballot7 you review on-line is likely to be much easier to read and understand than the one we will probably see on Election Day. Print the on-line ballot and that will allow you to decide for whom you can vote on in your area and to make your selection.
Read and research your choices. There are political action committees (PACs) airing sound bite commercials this year and, often, they are playing fast and loose with truth and accuracy of facts. Don’t be fooled. Do your own research and make a well informed decision.
The ballot will be very long this year. There are a great many offices to fill, a large number of candidates and our legislators have gifted us with 11 constitutional amendments this year.
Take your sample ballot with you, including your choices noted on it, when you go to vote. This will make voting much easier and faster.
In order to fully exercise your rights, please patiently make it to the very end of the ballot and cast your vote for everything.
Come back here and we will provide you with additional voting information as November 6th approached.
Thank you for exercising your constitutional right to vote.