What's at stake as residents vote

Published: Monday, January 28, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 28, 2008 at 12:04 a.m.

Tuesday is election day so scout out your precinct, arrive between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. with a picture and signature identification (a driver's license, for example) and cast a ballot in the 2008 Presidential Preference Primary.

The precinct finder at http://elections.alachua.fl.us/voter-registration/Precincts/precinct_finder.html will help with the first task.

Ballots will vary greatly depending on where people live and their party affiliation.

However, the common element on all ballots is Amendment 1, or the property tax referendum.

The entire state votes on this proposed revision to the state constitution that would do four things: 1. Increase the homestead exemption except for school district taxes. 2. Allow homestead property owners to transfer up to $500,000 of their Save Our Homes benefits to their next homestead. 3. Provide a $25,000 exemption for tangible personal property with respect to nonhomestead property. 4. Limit assessment increases for specified nonhomestead real property except for school district taxes.

Registered Democrats will find the following candidates for presidential primary on their ballots: Joseph R. Biden Jr.; Hillary Clinton; Christopher J. Dodd; John Edwards; Mike Gravel; Dennis J. Kucinich; Barack Obama and William "Bill" Richardson III.

Registered Republicans will choose between: Rudy Giuliani, Mike Huckabee, Duncan Hunter, Alan Keyes, John McCain, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, Tom Tancredo and Fred Thompson.

Registered independents can vote on the tax referendum but not the presidential primary.

All voters who live within Gainesville city limits will vote for an At-large 2 City Commission seat between Robert Agrusa and Thomas Hawkins Jr.

Furthermore, those voters who live in District 2 will choose between three candidates for the City Commission seat: Bryan Harman, Bonnie Mott and Lauren Poe.

And those voters in the City Commission District 3 area will choose between Jack Donovan, Armando Grundy and Thomas Salazar.

If you have any questions, call the Supervisor of Elections Office at (352) 374-5252.

Megan Rolland can be reached at 338-3104 or megan.rolland@ gvillesun.com.

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