You’d have to be living in a cave to not know the Presidential Primaries begin today. The year 2016 is truly an election year with the Presidential preference, municipal elections, primaries and a general election on the calendar. It’s time to prepare for the upcoming elections.
First, check your registration status. This can easily be accomplished by going to your county’s supervisor of elections website. If you need to change your address or party affiliation, you can do it online. However, name changes require a visit to the office so don’t delay if you haven’t changed your name on your voter registration. February 16 is the deadline (in Florida) for making changes before the Presidential primary.
Second, know the dates of upcoming elections. In Florida:
3/15 Presidential Preference as well as some municipal elections
11/8 General Election
In addition, there are deadlines for updating registration data before each election, as well as dates for early voting and requesting mail ballots. Check the website of your county’s Supervisor of Election for details.
Finally, don’t forget to know the candidates and issues. Your vote is only as valuable as the effort you put into preparing for an election.
Tune out the theater regarding the elections, do your own research and prepare to vote.