By Dale Martin

As the calendar shifts from July to August, the 2022 election season is unleashed. Many of you receive several campaign materials each day extolling the strength of a candidate or denigrating an opponent’s past. Although much of the following information can be found (in more detail) on the Nassau County Supervisor of Elections website (https://www.votenassaufl.gov/) or the Department of State website ( https://dos.myflorida.com/elections/), allow me to offer a summary of election information for city residents.

Tuesday August 23, 2022 is the official primary election day. Polling places in the city (and elsewhere in Nassau County) will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. City voters are assigned to one of three wards and polling stations. Precinct 12 covers most of the city north of Sadler Road and east of 14e Street. Voters in this constituency vote at the Atlantic Recreation Center (2500 Atlantic Avenue). City residents north of Sadler Road but west of 14e Street are in precinct 11 and vote at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center (1200 Elm Street). Residents of the town south of Sadler Road are in Precinct 13 voting at Lighthouse Bible Baptist Church (820 S. 14e Street; a polling place, interestingly, is not within the boundaries of the respective constituency). If a resident wants specific clarification as to the correct polling place, the Election Supervisor’s website, using your address, will direct the voter to the appropriate site.

In addition to traditional voting at the polling station, other voting options are available. Mail-in ballots, distributed forty days before the respective election day, were mailed to voters who requested such ballots, but mail-in ballots can be requested up to ten days before election day. ballot. These ballots must be returned to the Election Supervisor no later than 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. Secure drop boxes are available at early voting sites during early voting operations (please see below for more information on early voting). Mail-in ballots cannot be submitted at polling stations on election day. If mailed, the United States Postal Service recommends mailing a ballot no later than seven days before Election Day.

Early voting is another method by which to vote. Early voting is available to any registered voter in Nassau County from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., August 10-20, including Saturdays and Sundays. Unlike on Election Day where, if you vote in person, you must vote at your designated polling place, you can vote early at any designated advance polling site. The Supervisor of Elections has multiple locations throughout the county, but the two most convenient locations for city residents are the Atlantic Recreation Center (2500 Atlantic Avenue) and the James S. Page Government Center (96135 Nassau Place; located not far from Amelia Island near the national road 200/A1A). To vote in advance, you must provide proper identification. Without such identification, your ballot will be considered a provisional ballot and reviewed for eligibility.

Please note that no municipal candidate is on the primary ballot. The primary election includes candidates for many other local, county, state, and federal offices, but the initial election for mayor and city commissioners does not take place until November Election Day ( November 8). If the candidates of Ccty cor their respective offices do not obtain the majority of votes, a second round between the two best voters will take place in December.

As campaigns step up their efforts, please consider municipal regulations regarding political signs. Political signs are not permitted to be placed on public property and, if placed on private property, they require the consent of the owners. Signs placed illegally in the city may be removed without notice. This placement restriction also applies on election days: signs placed near polling stations must not be placed on public property (including rights of way).

Voting is a duty, and unfortunately the concept of voting and election integrity has come under scrutiny and skepticism. When I moved to Florida several years ago, the Nassau County elections were under the supervision and direction of Mrs. Vicki Cannon. Now Ms. Janet Adkins has taken on that responsibility. Despite the change in leadership, Nassau County elections continue to garner high marks for professionalism and integrity. I hope you vote with confidence in August and later in November (and in the city, maybe in December). Your votes are essential to the success of our local communities, our state and our nation. Do not remain inactive.

Thank you to all candidates willing to serve and to all voters participating in this year’s elections.

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