Alan Hays, Lake County Supervisor of Elections, is encouraging voters to take advantage of Vote By Mail and Early Voting Options for the General Election on November 6th.
“Due to the lengthy ballot, we are encouraging voters to take advantage of the convenient vote by mail option,” stated Hays. With twelve state constitutional amendments, along with federal, state, and local contests on the ballot, it will take some time for voters to review and make their selections,” Hays further commented.
Having the option to review the ballot and make your choices from your kitchen table is a convenient way to research the issues, determine your selections, and complete the ballot. Returning your voted mail ballot could not be easier, just drop it in the mail to P.O. Box 457, Tavares, FL 32778. If mailing, be sure to allow plenty of time for it to reach the elections office by the deadline. Voted ballots can also be dropped off at any Early Voting Site during the Early Voting period which runs from October 22nd to November 3rd (sites are open from 10 am to 6 pm), or you can use the 24/7 drop box outside the Supervisor of Elections Office located at 1898 E. Burleigh Blvd., Tavares, FL 32778. However you choose to return your voted mail ballot, keep in mind that all voted mail ballots must be received in the Elections Office before 7 pm on Election Day – November 6th. Ballots received after the deadline will not be counted.
If you prefer to vote in person, consider taking advantage of Early Voting. Lines are usually shorter and allow much more flexibility than voting on Election Day. You can choose to vote at any one of the ten Early Voting sites located throughout Lake County. These sites will be open from 10 am to 6 pm daily during the Early Voting period (October 22nd – November 3rd). You can choose the location most convenient for you.
The Early Voting sites are as follows: Cagan Crossings Community Library; 16729 Cagan Oaks, Clermont, FL 34714 Cooper Memorial Library, 2525 Oakley Seaver Drive, Clermont, FL 34711. Eustis Service Center*, 301 W. Ward Avenue, Eustis, FL 32726. Lady Lake Public Library, 225 W. Guava St., 2nd Floor, Lady Lake, FL 32159. Lake County Administration Building, 315 W. Main St., 2nd Floor, Tavares, FL 32778. Lake County Supervisor of Elections Office*, 1898 E. Burleigh Boulevard, Tavares, FL 32778. Lake Receptions*, 4425 N. Highway 19A, Mount Dora, FL 32757. Leesburg Public Library, 100 E. Main St., Room B, Leesburg, FL 34748. Minneola City Hall, 800 N. U.S. Highway 27, Minneola, FL 34715. Southside Umatilla Community Center, 17107 Ball Park Road, Umatilla, FL 32784 *Indicates a new location.
Feel free to mark up your sample ballot and take it with you when voting. Sample ballots are mailed a week prior to the start of Early Voting and are currently available on the Lake County Supervisor of Elections website. Visit: www.lakevotes.com and click the sample ballot tab on the home page. You will need to enter some information to view your customized sample ballot.
If you prefer to go to the polls on Election Day (November 6), please give yourself plenty of extra time. Polls are open from 7 am to 7 pm. You will need to vote at your assigned precinct on Election Day. Some precinct/polling locations have changed. Please check your precinct/polling location prior to heading to the polls. Your voter information card denotes your precinct and polling location information. To verify your current precinct assignment, you can visit: www.lakevotes.com and click the Where to Vote tab on the home page. You will need to enter your information to display your personal precinct location. If you have any questions regarding your voting options, please call your Lake County Supervisor of Elections Office at 352.343.9734.