WAKE UP FLORIDA
Early voting begins today (Saturday) August 16th! It's for the Primaries and for the local elected offices such as School Boards and Judges.
Early polling places should be available in most accessible locations in every county (Except Pinellas County which for some GODFORSAKEN REASON never has an early polling place in North Pinellas. Clearwater is still a hassle to get to! Would it kill you guys to put a polling place in Tarpon Springs?! We're not freaking Siberia up there! /rage).
For example, I currently reside in Mulberry, so City Hall is where I go:
Just a reminder or three:
1) They do require photo ID. Which is still a problem for people - mostly poor - who can't afford one (Driver's or State ID). Also an authorized signature (to match the one you gave when you signed for your free voter ID card). If you do not have a photo ID you can still vote using a Provisional Ballot!
2) Please read up on the candidates' information first. Your county elections office should have a list of candidates, and hopefully those candidates will have websites arguing their positions. If not, check the local newspapers for the op-ed recommendations. The local elections for school board and justices may be non-partisan, but the candidates still are partisan so make sure you're not voting any wingnuts to office.
3) The primaries in Florida are closed: you have to be in a party to vote their primary challenges. However, NPA (non-Party voters like me) can STILL vote for the school boards and judges, and that's still important, so EVERYONE needs to get out to vote.
3a) If you're Democrat, you DO have a primary contest for Governor: choosing between Charlie Crist and Nan Rich. Personally, I back Crist but I'm NPA so I can't vote. All I can say is vote your conscience.
3b) If you're Republican, you DO have a primary contest for Governor: choosing between Rick "Medicare Fraud" Scott and two challengers, Yinka Abosede Adeshina and Elizabeth Cuevas-Neunder. If you've followed this blog with any awareness these past four years, you know my feelings about Rick "No Ethics" Scott. All I can say is vote your conscience... WHICH MEANS VOTING FOR ELIZABETH CUEVAS-NEUNDER. PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD REPUBLICANS DON'T VOTE FOR A GODDAMN CROOK...
5) The major election issues - the state amendments - are set for November. Again, I'll write about those three ballot issues - not many this year, odd - on a later blog entry.
That all said, if you're in Mulberry (Polk County) and need help finding your way to the early voting area, just look for the TARDIS:
local public library! (Hi Mulberry!)