Election day for Gainesville and GOP primary

Residents vote at precinct 59 located at the Days Inn on SW 13th Street Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012.

Doug Finger/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Monday, January 30, 2012 at 4:15 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 30, 2012 at 4:15 p.m.

It is Election Day Tuesday— with two Gainesville City Commission seats and the Republican presidential primary on the ballot.

All Gainesville city voters may cast ballots for the At-Large 1 seat, a nonpartisan race with eight candidates.

Voters living within the boundaries of District 1 also will have that race on the ballot. That race has three candidates.

In the event of a runoff in either race, the top two vote-getters will face off on Feb. 28.

Republicans will be able to vote in the GOP Presidential Preference Primary. Polls in Alachua County will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

At the polling place, voters must provide a picture identification card with their signatures.

According to the Florida Division of Elections, acceptable forms of identification include: a Florida driver's license; a Florida identification card issued by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles; a United States passport; a debit or credit card; a military identification; a student identification; a retirement center identification; a neighborhood association identification or a public assistance identification.

If a picture identification card does not have a signature, voters will be asked to provide another identification card with their signature.

Voters already registered in Alachua County 29 days before the election will be able to change their voting address on Election Day.

Under a new Florida law, voters registered in another Florida county 29 days before the election may still change their voter registration addresses — but would then have to cast a provisional ballot.

After polling places close, election results will be shown live on a large screen in the County Commission meeting room, which is on the second floor of the County Administration Building, 12 SE First St. That room will open up to the public at 6 p.m.

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