There are many reasons why someone may want to cast their vote early. Absentee voter ballots have been mailed, and early in-person voting for the Aug. 14 primary election begins Saturday, Aug. 4. Early voting for the Nov. 6 general election begins Oct. 27.
According to the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections website, early voting for the primary elections will continue 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Each county has the option to set up polling locations for early voting. In Manatee County, the only place to vote early is at the supervisor’s office, 600 301 Blvd. W., Suite 118.
Florida law requires a signed photo identification card, such as a driver’s license to vote.
The deadline to request an absentee ballot be mailed for the primary election is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8.
A primary election is for registered party voters to select a candidate who will advance to the Nov. 6 general election, and does not include nonpartisan races, such as local city commission races.
Island polling stations that will open for the Aug. 14 primary election include:
Precinct 91, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
Anna Maria currently has 1,305 registered voters, including 612 Republicans, 388 Democrats and 305 voters classified as other.
Precinct 92, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
There are 1,590 registered voters in Precinct 92, including 777 Republicans, 460 Democrats, and 353 voters classified as other.
Precinct 93, St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
There are 1,674 registered voters in Precinct 93, including 744 Republicans, 474 Democrats and 456 voters classified as other.
Precinct 94, Tingley Memorial Library, 112 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach.
There are 929 registered voters in Bradenton Beach, including 375 Republicans, 291 Democrats and 263 voters classified as other.
According to the League of Women Voters, the Nov. 6 general election will be one of the longest ballots in recent elections.
Combined with local, state, federal and presidential candidates, there are 11 constitutional amendments on this year’s ballot.
For more information, go online to www.votemanatee.com.