Active Registered Voters
as of 08/01/2014
Democrats:
7,703
Republicans:
3,308
Others:
1,062
Total:
12,073

NEWS

2014
Canvassing Board Schedule
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2014
Election Preparation Report
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Taylor County
Supervisor of Elections 
 Summer 2014 Newsletter

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2014 Voter Guide
(click here to view)

 

 

 

 


ABSENTEE/MAIL BALLOT REQUESTS

Any registered voter may vote an absentee/mail ballot. Requests can be accepted only from the voter, a member of the voter's immediate family or legal guardian. Please call the elections office at 850-838-3515 or click on the "absentee request" button above to request an absentee/mail ballot. A recent change in Florida law provides that to receive your absentee mail ballot at an address not on file in your voter registration record, you must provide a signed written request. If you are voting by absentee mail ballot, be sure you place the proper postage on your returned envelope $.49 is the required postage.
Florida law requires that an absentee mail ballot voter certificate be signed by the voter in order for the ballot to be counted. On January 1, 2014 a new law went into effect that allows a voter who has requested and returned his/her absentee mail ballot to cure an omitted (missing) signature on the voter certificate. If you return your absentee mail ballot voter certificate to the elections office without your signature, you may now sign an Absentee Ballot Affidavit. You must complete and return the signed affidavit with an acceptable from of identification no later than 5pm on the day before the election in order for your ballot to be counted. For further information concerning the Absentee Ballot Affidavit, click on the Absentee Information tab on the left hand side of this page and then choose Absentee Ballot Affidavit. Follow the instructions below to track you absentee mail ballot and to find out if your absentee mail ballot was missing a signature on the voter certificate.

How to track you absentee mail ballot - Click on the My Registration Status button above and follow the prompts to track your absentee mail ballot


WELCOME!

Ready-Set-VOTE…                                                  
 

As your Supervisor of Elections office begins preparing for another exciting and busy election cycle, I would like to encourage each of you to start preparing yourself as well.

  • Have you checked your registration status
  • Do you need to update your address
  • Do you need to update your signature

With the closing of the 2013 Legislative Session new changes to Election Laws are coming with the passing of House Bill 7013. These changes will take effect by January 1, 2014 and will include several significant changes to the Florida Election Code that include:

  • Flexibility with early voting days, hours and locations
  • Limits the length of the ballot language
  • Request for absentee ballots to be mailed to address other than address on file in Florida voter registration database must be in writing and signed by voter
  • Absentee ballots returned with voter certificate unsigned may now be corrected with a voter’s signature affidavit and a valid identification by 5pm on the day prior to an election
  • Primary Election date will now be 10 weeks prior to General Election
  • Address changes made on election day from another county within Florida will no longer require a provisional ballot, if the move in county is using electronic databases at the polling place
  • Prohibits the supervisor from delivering an absentee ballot to a voter or a voter’s immediate family member on Election Day unless there is an emergency to the extent the voter will not be able to go to their polling place
  • Makes it a first degree misdemeanor for anyone who, for pecuniary or other benefit, distributes, orders, requests, collects, delivers or possesses more than two absentee ballots per election in addition to his/her own ballot or the ballot of an immediate family

We will be spending a lot of time over the next several months making sure that the voters of Taylor County are made aware of these election law changes.

I would like to end by thanking the citizens of Taylor County for allowing me to serve you. I am deeply humbled by the responsibility you have entrusted in me. Even though there will never be a perfect election, it is my goal to strive for error-free elections and to ensure integrity of the electoral process. 

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have a question, comment, or complaint regarding your voter registration or voting experience. My office is located on the second floor of the County Courthouse and my door is always open. Please feel free to call, email or stop by at any time.

With kind regards,

Dana Southerland

Supervisor of Elections


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