Early voting for primaries now

By Robert Hamilton
The Miami-Dade County Elections Department is welcoming voters to the polls for the primary election with early voting now through Sunday, Aug. 22.

For 14 days, including weekends, registered voters may cast their ballot at the location most convenient for them. Hours are flexible too, with sites opening as early as 7 a.m. and closing as late as 7 p.m.

Before going to the polls, voters are encouraged to be “Election Ready.” Miami-Dade voters have been sent sample ballots to ensure that everyone has the chance to review it before going to the polls. It also is available on <www.miamidade. gov/elections> under “Sample Ballots” or by calling 3-1-1. It is printed in English, Spanish and Creole and prepares voters for what to expect on the ballot including candidate races and issues, how to properly vote, the early voting schedule and absentee ballot information.

“By reviewing the sample ballot, voters know what to expect and will receive important information that’s needed in advance of voting,” said supervisor of elections Lester Sola. “The sample ballot also promotes the three ways to vote — early voting, absentee voting and reminds voters to go to their assigned precinct on Election Day.”

Voters are reminded that whether voting at early voting or on Election Day, they must bring a valid photo identification that contains their name and signature.

Acceptable forms of identification include: State of Florida Driver’s License, ID Card issued by the State of Florida, U.S. Passport, Debit/Credit Cards, Military ID, Student ID, Retirement Center ID, Public Assistance ID and Neighborhood Association ID.

To find an early voting site, request a sample ballot or for more information call 3-1-1 or log on to <www.miamidade.gov/elections> and look for “Election Ready” on the main page.


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