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Date of Issue: June 23, 2010

Primary voter registration closes July 26

Florida Voter Registration Application (PDF - download)

Voter registration is open for the August primary election until 5 p.m. Monday, July 26.

The ballot for the primary, which is Aug. 24, will contain county commission, federal and state legislative and statewide primaries, as well as school board contests.

Races for Island offices, which are nonpartisan, will take place in the general election Nov. 2. Registration for the general election will close Oct. 4.

To be eligible to vote in Manatee County, a person must be a U.S. citizen, a Florida resident, 18 years of age, and not have a record of a felony conviction in the state or currently considered mentally incapacitated.

Registering to vote can be simple — potential voters complete applications available at most government offices, banks, libraries, chambers and some businesses, including The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

Additionally, residents can download applications from www.votemanatee.com, where they can also check their registration status or update a registration if they have moved from one address to another within the county.

Registration applications must be mailed or delivered to the Supervisor of Elections Office, Suite 108, 600 301 Blvd. W., Bradenton.

The application process takes about two weeks.

Voter registration surged in Manatee County for the 2008 election, as it did across the country.

The latest statistics for Anna Maria Island show that:

• Anna Maria has 1,365 active registered voters, including 415 Democrats and 627 Republicans.

• Bradenton Beach has 916 active registered voters, including 296 Democrats and 338 Republicans.

• Holmes Beach has 3,286 active registered voters, including 961 Democrats and 1,514 Republicans.