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Early voting starts today

By ASJYLYN LODER
Published August 21, 2006


If you've already made up your mind how you're going to vote - and are not inclined to wait for any late-breaking scandals - you can start voting in the primary election today.

Starting at 8 a.m., voters can cast ballots at the supervisor of elections offices in Brooksville and Spring Hill. Voting continues from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, through Sept. 2.

"It's really caught on," said Supervisor of Elections Annie Williams of the early voting trend. In the 2004 election, nearly one-third of all votes were cast early or absentee, she said.

Since the Labor Day holiday falls the day before the Sept. 5 primary, Williams said she expects to see a lot of voters who have plans to go out of town that weekend.

Sample ballots were scheduled to be mailed to registered voters late last week, she said.

"No matter how they vote, early or absentee, I just want them to vote," Williams said.

Both paper ballots and touch-screen voting are available.

Absentee voting is already under way. Ballots are available by calling the elections office at 754-4125. All ballots must be returned by Sept. 5. On the ballot are a congressional race, statewide races for governor and other offices, and contests for County Commission, School Board and circuit judges.

EARLY VOTING

WHEN: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday until Sept. 2.

WHERE: Supervisor of elections offices at 20 N Main St., Room 165, Brooksville, or 7473 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill.

WHAT TO BRING: Photo and signature identification. Approved identification includes:

- Florida driver's license or ID card

- U.S. passport

- Employee badge or ID

- Buyer's club ID, such as Sam's Club or Costco

- Military ID

- Debit or credit card

- Student ID

- Retirement center ID

- Neighborhood association ID or a membership card

- Public assistance ID

[Last modified August 21, 2006, 06:17:15]


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