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PBC Supervisor of Elections’ valuable info on early voting

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Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections’ website contains detailed information on early voting and the legal ramifications associated with the process of allowing voters, especially the working class and students whose command of their time is not their own. We must issue care throughout the voting community to ensure no registered voter or potential registered voters are hindered or “handicapped” of their rights and privileges as voters in America . . . Home of the free, home of the brave.

About Early Voting

The 2004 Legislature passed legislation which standardizes early voting throughout the state. Early voting is defined as "casting a ballot prior to Election Day at a location designated by the Supervisor of Elections and depositing the voted ballot in the tabulation system."

Under the new House Bill 1355 directive, which went into effect May 2011, all Supervisors will begin conducting early voting in their main and branch offices 10 days before the election and ends on the 3rd day before an election. In addition, Supervisors may designate any city hall or public library as an early voting site; however, if so designated, these sites must be geographically located so that all voters in the county have an equal opportunity to cast a vote.

Early voting will be conducted no less than 6 hours and no more than 12 hours per day. The hours will be determined at the discretion of the Supervisor of Elections. Voting sites and hours of operation will be provided 30 days prior to an election.

General Election 2012 -- Early Voting Turnout: 124,896

Registered Voters as of 03/20/2014 --- 835,237

GO TO Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections’ website for 2014 Election Cycle details.

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Voter's Rights
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Voter's Rights

Each registered voter in this state has the right to:

  • 1. Vote and have his or her vote accurately counted
  • 2. Cast a vote if he or she is in line at the official closing of the polls in that county
  • 3. Ask for and receive assistance in voting
  • 4. Receive up to two replacement ballots if he or she makes a mistake prior to the ballot being cast
  • 5. An explanation if his or her registration is in question
  • 6. If his or her registration is in question, cast a provisional ballot
  • 7. Written instructions to use when voting, and, upon request, oral instructions in voting from election officers
  • 8. Vote free from coercion or intimidation by elections officers or any other person
  • 9. Vote on a voting system that is in working condition and that will allow votes to be accurately cast

(Section 101.031(2), Florida Statutes)

Voter's Responsibilities
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Voter's Responsibilities

Each registered voter in this state should:

1. Familiarize himself or herself with the candidates and issues

2. Maintain with the office of the supervisor of elections a current address
3. Know the location of his or her polling place and its hours of operation
4. Bring proper identification to the polling station
5. Familiarize himself or herself with the operation of the voting equipment in his or her precinct
6. Treat precinct workers with courtesy
7. Respect the privacy of other voters
8. Report any problems or violations of election laws to the supervisor of elections
9. Ask questions, if needed
10. Make sure that his or her completed ballot is correct before leaving the polling station

NOTE TO VOTER: Failure to perform any of these responsibilities does not prohibit a voter from voting.

(Section 101.031(2), Florida Statutes)SOURCE:

Restoration of Civil Rights
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Restoration of Civil Rights

If you have been convicted of a felony, your rights must be restored before you may register to vote.

  • The Rules for Executive Clemency were amended 3/9/11, and restoration of civil rights will no longer be granted automatically.
  • Felons who have completed their sentences may seek to have their civil rights restored by submitting an application to the state’s Board of Executive Clemency. Depending on the seriousness of the crime, applicants will be eligible to apply either five OR seven years after completion of their sentences, provided they have been crime-free and arrest-free.
  • The Florida Parole Commission's Web site offers a Civil Rights Restoration Search for its database, so you can determine whether or not your rights have been restored. Be sure to search under all variations of your name, including nicknames.
  • The Application for Clemency form has changed since March 2011. Please use the new form to avoid additional paperwork.

For more information, use the contact information below to reach the Florida Office of Executive Clemency:

The Office of Executive Clemency
4070 Esplanade Way
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2450
Phone: (850) 488-2952
Toll-free (800) 435-8286
Fax: (850) 488-0695

This information is confidential and will only be discussed with the individual directly affected.
After confirming that your rights have been restored, you must register or re-register to vote by completing a Voter Registration Application.

Help America Vote Act (HAVA)
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Help America Vote Act (HAVA)

The Help America Vote Act (HAVA) is an item of United States federal election law signed in to law on October 29, 2002 by President Bush. Under HAVA, a new federal voter registration form was created. HAVA guarantees the ability of individuals to cast a provisional ballot and have the validity of their registration checked later if they do not appear on voter registration rolls.

Main Points of HAVA
The law encourages states to replace punch card and lever voting machines and requires:
• voters to show ID before voting
• states to provide provisional ballots for voters whose registration status is unclear when they arrive to vote
• states to provide a way for those with impaired vision or hearing to cast a secret ballot
• states to make polling locations and voting machines accessible to voters with physical disabilities
• voting machines to allow voters to verify ballots before they are cast
• voters be able to correct a mistake or leave a blank, i.e., not cast a vote in a particular contest
• voters be notified if they "misvote," i.e., cast votes for two different candidates running for the same office. Voters must also be told if a misvote will void their ballot
• voting systems to leave a record that can be audited
• voting systems to leave a permanent paper record that can be used as an official record should a recount become necessary
• that states, in some cases, provide ballots for voters who don't speak English
• states to create and maintain electronic voter registration databases and improve efforts to remove ineligible voters from the registration rolls
• states to offer sample ballots for voters to review before the date of the election
• absentee voters to provide copies of IDs or an ID number for voter verification, but states must maintain the secrecy of the vote

Additional Information: Florida Department of State

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