Glenda B. Williams, Supervisor of Elections
220 Pine Ave., S.W.
Live Oak, FL 32064
Phone 386- 362-2616
Hours of Operation:
8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Dear Suwannee County Voter,
I hope you will find this guide helpful whether you’re a first-time voter to Suwannee County, or a seasoned voter. This guide will provide answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about registration and voting procedures.
I hope this guide will encourage your participation in the elections process. Should you need additional information please call our office at 386-362-2616 or by visiting our website at www.suwanneevotes.com www.suwanneevotes.com.
Glenda B. Williams
Supervisor of ElectionsSuwannee County
Who Can Register to Vote?
To register and vote, you must be 18 years of age, a United States citizen and a legal resident of Florida and of the county where you intend to vote. A person who is otherwise qualified may pre-register on or after that person's 17th birthday and may vote in any election held on or after that person's 18th birthday. (see section 97.041, Florida Statutes)
Persons Not Entitled to Register or Vote
Persons who have been found by a court in any state to be mentally incapacitated with respect to voting and who have not had their right to vote restored.
Persons who have been convicted of any felony in any court and who have not had their right to vote restored.
Any person who is not a citizen of the United States of America.
Any person who is not registered may not vote.
(see section 97.041, Florida Statutes)
How to Register
To register to vote, you must fill out a voter registration application. Voter registration applications are available at your local supervisor of elections' office, the Division of Elections (see their web site athttp://election.dos.state.fl.us/RegToVote/regform.shtml), driver's license offices, state agencies that provide public assistance, state agencies that serve persons with disabilities, public libraries and many other public locations. You will be offered the opportunity to apply to register to vote or change your voter registration when you obtain your driver's license, when you apply for public assistance at state agencies, or when you apply for services at state agencies that serve persons with disabilities.
A voter registration is complete if it contains:
- Your name.
- Your legal residence address.
- Your date of birth.
- Your valid Florida driver's license number or Florida identification card number. If you do not have either of these, you must provide the last four digits of your Social Security number. If you have not been issued a Florida driver's license, a Florida identification card, or a Social Security number, you must indicate "none" in the box provided for this information.
- A mark in the check box affirming that you are a citizen of the United States of America.
- A mark in the check box affirming that you have not been convicted of a felony or that, if convicted, you have had your civil rights restored.
- A mark in the check box affirming that you have not been adjudicated mentally incapacitated with respect to voting or that, if so adjudicated, you have had your right to vote restored.
You must sign the oath printed on the form swearing or affirming under the penalty for false swearing that the information contained in the registration application is true. (Power of attorney is not accepted) Note: An applicant who fails to designate a political party affiliation will be registered without party affiliation.
(see section 97.053, Florida Statutes)he voter’s address
- The voter’s date of birth
- The requester’s name
- The requester’s address
- The requester’s relationship to the voter
- The requester’s signature (written request only)
A non-family member or "designee" may pick up a ballot for a voter on Election Day or up to five days prior to Election Day. A designee may only pick up two ballots per election, other than his or her own ballot or ballots for members of his or her immediate family. Designees must have written authorization from the voter, present a picture identification, and sign an affidavit. Candidates may pick up ballots only for members of their immediate family.
Marked ballots must be mailed or delivered in person reaching the supervisor of elections’ office not later than 7 p.m. on the day of the election. Do not return your voted ballot to a polling place.
If you have obtained a ballot but want to vote in your precinct on Election Day, you must take the absentee ballot with you to the polls, whether or not it has been marked so that is can be cancelled. However, if you are unable to return the ballot, you may be required to vote a provisional ballot.
(See sections 101.048, 101.62 and 101.69, Florida Statutes)
For more information please visit www.suwanneevotes.com