Guest Commentary | Are you prepared for upcoming 2024 elections?
As we near the end of 2023, it’s a great time to start thinking about our plans for the new year. Have you thought about how you’ll vote in the upcoming 2024 elections?
The Presidential Preference Primary (PPP) will take place on March 19, which is just four months away. While the elections office is putting in great effort to make the voting process smooth and efficient, it’s your responsibility to ensure your voice is heard by being election-ready.
To make sure you receive accurate election materials, it’s important to have your voter information up-to-date. You can check your status and update your address, name, signature and party affiliation at www.lee.vote. Having your most current signature on file with the office is vital if you vote by mail.
You have the right to decide which method of voting is best for you, whether it’s Vote-by-Mail, Early Voting or voting at the polls on Election Day. Each one requires responsibility on your part as an engaged voter.
I encourage you to request your Vote-by-Mail ballot now. Not only is this the most convenient way to vote, but it can also be your backup plan is you cannot vote in person.
Early voting is also a great option as it provides more flexibility. Unlike Election Day, you are not restricted to voting at your designated precinct. Instead, you can choose to vote at any of the 12 Early Voting locations, which will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Did you know that Florida is a closed primary state? To be eligible to vote for a partisan candidate in the March 19 PPP and the Aug. 20 Primary Election, you must be registered with one of Florida’s two major political parties: Democrat or Republican. You can change your party affiliation with our office up to 29 days before an election.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Your vote matters, and I’m here to help make sure you’re prepared for the 2024 elections.
Tommy Doyle is the Lee County Supervisor of Elections. For more information, visit lee.vote or call 239-533-8683.