Mark Earley, Leon County Supervisor of Elections, is encouraging all voters to Vote-by-Mail for the 2020 Primary and General Elections.
Earley stated in a recent press release that his office is taking the COVID-19 emergency seriously and wants to adhere to the recommendations made by the Center for Disease Control for election polling. Earley said, “Voting by mail allows voters to cast their ballots from the safety and comfort of their own homes, minimizes interactions with other people, and helps to maintain social distancing. We all need to do our part to keep our nation healthy, and voting by mail is an important part of that process.”
Other Florida counties, like Palm Beach, have begun pushing for voters to vote by mail as well, afraid that COVID-19 may still be impacting the nation in the fall. Additionally, this push comes after hundreds of poll workers refused to show up for duty during the March primary, as they feared they might contract the COVID-19 virus.
As the COVID-19 crisis has forced the nation to participate in social distancing there has been an enormous boost in support for vote-by-mail ballots and all Florida Counties have this option available. A recent poll by NBC News/Wall Street Journal suggests that a combined two-thirds of Americans back the Vote-by-Mail for the November elections. The survey ineicated that 58 percent of voters support allowing voting by mail generally, while 39 percent do not support it.
Voters may request a Vote-by-Mail ballot for the upcoming elections by visiting the Supervisor of Elections website, LeonVotes.org and click on the “Request Vote-by-Mail link to sign up. Earley suggests that all voters who want to vote by mail to request the ballot as soon as possible. The deadline to request the mail ballot for the fall elections is October 24th, 2020, that is ten days prior to election day.