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As the nation elects its 45th president, Florida will play a decisive factor in the process. Now the third most populous state in the union, our 29 electoral votes are a vital component in any candidate’s plan to win the highest office in the land. But with Florida’s diverse demographics and divided party registrations, all eyes will once again be on the Sunshine State.
The Presidential Preference Primary usually prompts many questions from voters to the Elections Center, so we wanted to provide as many answers as possible.
The vote takes place March 15. But actual voting begins even sooner.
Vote by Mail: Please go online to “Vote By Mail Request”, call (772) 288-5637 or visit the Elections Center, at 135 SE Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, Stuart, to request your ballot. Ballots are mailed 35 days before the election and continue to be mailed as requests are received through Thursday, March 10.
Military and Overseas voters: Ballots are mailed to anyone out of the country seeking a Vote-by-Mail ballot as early as Jan. 29—45 days before the election.
Deadlines: If you’re returning your ballot by mail, affix a 49-cent stamp and make sure it is in the mail no later than Thursday, March 10. All ballots must arrive at the Elections Center no later than 7 p.m. Election Day, March 15.
Early voting: Cast your Presidential Preference Primary vote in person anytime from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 5-12 at the Elections Center in Stuart, or at the County Line Civic Center, 12530 S.E. County Line Road, Tequesta.
Remember: Your Vote-by-Mail ballot will not be mailed to an address other than the one we have on file. In order to receive a mail-in ballot at an address that’s not listed on your voting record, you’ll need to send us a request in writing—including your signature and date of birth.
Double-check: Make sure all of your information is up-to-date with the Elections Center, including your address and signature.
Restrictions: Also, make sure your party registration is current. As a closed-primary state, only registered Democrats and Republicans can vote in their respective party primaries.
Safeguard: You can make sure your ballot has arrived at the Elections Center on time by clicking on the “Track Your Ballot” feature.
Martin County residents are proud participants in the electoral process, usually ranking among the top in the state at voter turnout.
As election officials, my staff and I are privileged to work in a community with such engaged citizens. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or my dedicated staff at the Elections Center.
Thank you Martin County for making your vote count in 2016!
Martin County Supervisor of Elections