Potential Changes To How You Cast Your Ballot
Time is running out for Governor Rick Scott to pass, veto or make changes to a controversial piece of legislation that, if approved, would have a dramatic impact on the election process across the state and in North Central Florida.
House Bill 1355 already has lawmakers from the House and the Senate's stamp of approval, but now it awaits the Governor's signature.
If Governor Scott approves the bill in it's entirety voters in Alachua County would be impacted in three major ways.
First, the supervisor's office would not know the date of the presidential primary October 1, 2011.
The primary would then be held sometime between January and March of 2012.
In the past, the office reserved poling places for primaries as far as a year in advance.
Additionally, voters would only have an eight day window to cast their ballot early, instead of two weeks.
Finally, voters could not change their address from out of the county on the day of election and still cast a traditional ballot, which could have the biggest impact on University of Florida and Santa Fe students.
The governor has until Saturday to make his decision on the legislation, and even then more changes could be coming.
Alachua County Supervisor of Elections Pam Carpenter says, if the bill is passed in it's entirety it would require more time and money for her office to prepare.
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