How to Vote

PHOTO IDENTIFICATION REQUIRED TO VOTE

Voters will be required to show a photo identification in order to vote in elections. 

101.043 Identification required at polls.— (1) The precinct register, as prescribed in s. 98.461, shall be used at the polls for the purpose of identifying the elector at the polls prior to allowing him or her to vote. The clerk or inspector shall require each elector, upon entering the polling place, to present one of the following current and valid picture identifications:

 

(a) Florida driver’s license.

(b) Florida identification card issued by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

(c) United States passport.

(d) Debit or credit card.

(e) Military identification.

(f) Student identification.

(g) Retirement center identification.

(h) Neighborhood association identification.

(i) Public assistance identification.

(2) If the elector fails to furnish the required identification, the elector shall be allowed to vote a provisional ballot.  The canvassing board shall determine the validity of the ballot pursuant to s. 101.048(2).

ASSISTANCE AT THE POLLS

The Elector can designate someone of his or her choice, other than their employer or an officer or agent of the person's union.  Election officials may also provide assistance.

For Your Information 

Polling precincts are open from 7:00 am - 7:00 pm

Changes in the Law as a result of the voters' approval of Constitutional Amendment #11 in the 1998 General Election.

School Board Races are now non-partisan.  The School Board Race is decided in the Primary election if there are only two candidates.  If there are more than two candidates, the run-off will take place in the general election.

The Universal Primary   If a race is to be decided in the Primary Election because only two candidates of the same party qualified, then that race will be on all ballots - democratic, republican and non-partisan. 

An example of  a universal primary race appeared on the 2000 First Primary Election.  The State Attorney Race had two republicans and no other candidates, therefore, even though the candidates were republican, the Universal Primary Race will appeared on everyones ballot.  

The reasoning is that if the race is to be decided in the First Primary, then all voters should have an opportunity to vote on the race. 

VOTER ENHANCEMENTS 

Diebold Blended AccuVote OS Optical Scan Tabulator & AccuVoteTSX  Audio Touch Screen Ballot Station

The Accu-Vote is the tabulation system utilized in Citrus County.  The Accu-Vote was first used in the 1998 Election cycles and has been used ever since.  This is a method of counting the votes at the polling precinct.  After the voter marks their ballot, they place the ballot into the Accu-Vote which is a small computer scanner on top of the ballot box.  The ballot is counted as soon as it goes through the scanner.  At 7:00 pm when the polling precinct closes the Election Board places a ballot card called the "Ender Card" through the Accu-Vote unit and the results immediately print out.  The Election Board then uploads the results through a modem to the host computer at the Supervisor of Elections office.  This system is one of the few optical scan systems certified and approved by the Department of State.  The newest part of the tabulation equipment is called the AccuVote TSX Audio Touch Screen Ballot Station.  In 2006 a law was mandated by the state to have voting equipment in every precinct for persons with disabilities.  The blended system was used in Citrus County in our first election of 2006 and was well received by the voters.  If you would like a demonstration, stop by the Supervisor of Elections office at 120 North Apopka Avenue, Inverness.