Early voting for 2020 General Election starts Monday

Press release from Alachua County Supervisor of Elections

Early voting for the 2020 General Election begins Monday and lasts through Oct. 31. Locations are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Early voting locations are as follows:

  • Supervisor of Elections Office (515 N Main Street, Suite 100, Gainesville)
  • Millhopper Branch Library (3145 NW 43rd Street, Gainesville)
  • Tower Road Branch Library (3020 SW 75th Street, Gainesville)
  • Alachua Legacy Park Multipurpose Center (15400 Peggy Road, Alachua)
  • Orange Heights Baptist Church (16700 NE SR 26, Hawthorne)
  • J. Wayne Reitz Union, University of Florida (655 Reitz Union Drive, Ground Level of the Career Connections Center, Gainesville)

Alachua County voters, who may vote at any Alachua County early voting site, are encouraged to make use of early voting options, especially given the COVID-19 pandemic and the precautions the office has had to institute as a result of it.

“It’s essential that as many voters as possible make use of pre-Election Day voting options, such as early voting and voting by mail,” Supervisor of Elections Kim A. Barton said.

In an effort to keep voters and election workers as safe as possible, the use of masks or face coverings is strongly encouraged.

Voters can view their sample ballot at VoteAlachua.com/My-Registration-Status.

Voters are required to present picture and signature identification before voting. Accepted forms of identification include Florida driver licenses, Florida identification cards, United States passports, debit or credit cards, military or student IDs, retirement center or neighborhood association IDs, public assistance IDs, veteran health IDs, concealed carry IDs, or government employee IDs. Voters may use two forms of identification to meet the requirement.

Previously registered voters are encouraged to verify and update their registration status. This can be done at VoteAlachua.com/My-Registration-Status or by calling 352-374-5252.

The deadline to request a vote-by-mail ballot is 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct, 24. Vote-by-mail ballots can be requested online, in person or by phone, fax, mail or email. Until the deadline, vote-by-mail ballot requests will be filled as they are received. Any voter can sign up to vote by mail.

Vote-by-mail ballots must be returned to the Supervisor of Elections Office by 7 p.m. on Election Day. In addition to mailing ballots back, voters may choose to drop off ballots in the 24-hour, secure, white drop box outside the Supervisor of Elections Office or to any early voting site during voting hours.

Additionally, the Newberry Municipal Building, located in Newberry at 25438 West Newberry Road, will have an official mail ballot drop box during early voting hours. However, there will not be an in-person early voting site at this location.

For more information, contact the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections at 352-374-5252. 

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