Chriss Flagg: Need some assistance, voters?


Published: Monday, October 1, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 10:45 p.m.

The League of Women Voters Florida Education Fund has announced its new Voter Assistance Hotline: 1-855-FL-VOTER.

Hotline callers can get answers to their questions about how changes in Florida's election law affect them. They can also learn where and how to register to vote, how to check and verify their voter registration information, how to change a name or address, update their signature, find the location of their polling place and request a vote-by-mail ballot along with other vital registration information.

Call between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. weekdays for live answer or leave a message for a call back.

Registration is the key to making your voice heard as a voter, assuring that your vote counts and all goes smoothly on Election Day, Nov. 6.

Remember, the last day to register to vote or change your voter registration for this election is Oct. 9. Take a few minutes now to make sure your registration is up to date.

This Voter Assistance Hotline is the latest addition to the League's growing list of resources for voters. Voters will also find helpful the League's nonpartisan 2012 Florida Election and Voters Guide. It includes a listing of the pros and cons of proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution that are on the November ballot. It's available at our public library branches, or by calling the local League at 375-6960. Voters can also find the downloadable version of the guide and other voter information on our local League of Women Voters website: http://www.lwv-alachua.org.

You may also call the local elections office, at 374-5252, to request a vote-by-mail ballot (absentee ballot) in order to vote by mail. You may request a vote-by-mail or absentee ballot by phone up until Oct. 31.

It is the voter's responsibility to be sure the executed ballot is delivered to the elections office in downtown Gainesville before 7 p.m. on Election Day. If you mail in the ballot, leave plenty of time for it to arrive, and don't forget to put a stamp on that envelope!

Be a responsible voter to make certain your vote counts.

Chris Flagg is on the Voter Service Committee of the League of Women Voters Alachua County/Gainesville.

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