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Election Ready BOB GRAHAM CENTER'S VOTING CHECKLIST

10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW TO BE ELECTION READY

1. First time voters in Florida must be registered by October 9 in order to participate in the General Election.

2. Address changes should be made AT LEAST 15 DAYS prior to voting, even if those changes are made online.

This will ensure your information is correct when you arrive at your polling location. If not, you may have to fill out another form at the precinct.

REMEMBER: Changing your address may change your designated polling location. This can be frustrating for voters that make updates to their address upon arrival at the polls on Election Day.

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3. Early Voting vs. Election Day

During EARLY VOTING you can vote at any of six early voting locations in Alachua County, including the Reitz Union. See list below. However, you must vote at your assigned polling location on Election Day.

4. Know Your Voting Options

1. Early Voting

2. Vote-by-Mail

3. Election Day Voting

Early Voting is highly encouraged by the Supervisor of Elections. Not to worry - your vote will be counted just the same as it would be if it were cast on Election Day.

5. Voting by Mail is a Good Option

Voting by mail gives voters the time they need to be deliberative about the decisions they are making. Just be sure to verify that your signature is up to date! Signatures can be updated using a standard voter registration form!

The deadline to request a vote-by-mail ballot for the 2018 General Election is 5 p.m. Wednesday, October 31

*** PLEASE NOTE: YOU MUST RENEW YOUR REQUEST EVERY TWO GENERAL ELECTIONS ***

You can request a vote-by-mail ballot or track the status of your mailed ballot on the Supervisor of Elections website. No postage? No problem! Alachua County SOE is picking up the tab!

6. Know How You Plan to Vote

Be prepared! This ballot is the longest ballot that Florida has seen in decades! Know how you plan to vote before arriving at the polls. Sample ballots can be used for reference in a polling location. You can request a sample ballot from the Supervisor of Elections office.

7. UF's Bob Graham Center is a great resource for nonpartisan election information and voter registration assistance

The Bob Graham Center has knowledgeable staff available to help UF students navigate the voter registration process. The center ALWAYS has voter registration forms available for first-time voters, address changes and signature updates.

You can also find a series of nonpartisan explainer videos on the center's YouTube channel covering each of the Constitutional Amendments on the 2018 General Election ballot.

8. Election Day is Nov. 6 Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

REMEMBER: On Election Day you can only vote at your ASSIGNED polling location!

9. Bring a picture and signature ID to the polls. Your UF ID or a Florida state issued ID or Driver’s license are the most common.

10. Gators turned out in numbers MUCH GREATER than anticipated this primary. We expect the same for the General Election. Be prepared to wait if you choose to vote on Election Day. #GatorsVote

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Shelby Taylor
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