November 4, 2014

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Early Voting

     Early voting is currently under way in the Supervisor of Elections Office on the 2nd floor of the county courthouse and continue through Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm each day (except Saturday, October 25 with is the day of the Florida Forest Festival. We will be open for early voting on festival day from 12:00 pm (noon) until 8:00 pm. Any voter in the county may vote early in lieu of going to their precinct on Election Day.    

Photo and Signature ID Required

Photo and signature identification is required by Florida Law. If the picture ID does not contain the signature of the voter an additional identification that provides the voter's signature shall be required. A voter information card is no longer accepted as a form of ID.

     Absentee Mail Ballot Requests

    Please call the elections office at 850-838-3515 or click on the "Absentee Request" button above to request an absentee mail ballot. The last day to request an absentee mail ballot is Wednesday, October 29, 2014.      

         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 along with an acceptable form of identification no later than 5 pm on the day before the election in order for your ballot to be counted. For further information concerning the Absentee Ballot Affidavit, refer to the Absentee Information tab on the menu to the left and then choose Absentee Ballot Affidavit. Follow the instructions below to track your absentee mail ballot and to find out if your absentee mail ballot was missing a signature on the voter certificate.

How To Track Your Absentee Mail Ballot

Please click on the "My Registration/Absentee Status" button above and follow the prompts to track your absentee/mail ballot. . You may also call your Supervisor of Elections office at (850)838-3515 and we will be glad to assist you with any of your election needs.



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