Primary elections take place on August 14 and it will help to prepare and plan ahead before you go to the polls to vote. A sample ballot (which you should receive in the mail) will help you familiarize yourself with the candidates. It’s okay to fill out your sample ballot ahead of time and bring it to your polling place to use as a guide when casting your vote.
If you choose to go to the polling place on Election Day, now is also the time to find the location. Visit the Supervisor of Elections' website to find your precinct and where to go. On Election Day, you must vote at your assigned polling place and you must bring identification that includes a current photo and your signature.
Early voting is another option, but please note that the hours and early voting locations have been reduced this year—only 8 days! Early voting begins on August 4 and ends on August 11. Early voting hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
When you vote early, you may vote at any of the 17 polling locations. I’m listing some locations here that are the closest to the Hollywood/Hallandale Beach/Pembroke Pines areas.
Southwest Regional Library
16835 Sheridan Street
Pembroke Pines, FL 33331
Hollywood Branch Library
2600 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, FL 33020
2300 Civic Center Place
Miramar, FL 33025
Hallandale Beach City Hall
400 South Federal Highway
Hallandale Beach, FL 33009
Absentee ballots are also available but the last day to request a mailed absentee ballot is August 8. You may request an absentee ballot after that day by calling 954-357-7055 and pre-arranging to pick one up. Voted absentee ballots must be received by the Supervisor of Elections’ Office no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day. An absentee ballot cannot be accepted at a polling place. Also note that cost of postage to return your absentee ballot, won’t be determined until ballots are printed, but it is always more than the .45-cents required for standard mail.
Don’t forget that the elections officers at your polling place are there to answer any questions that you may have, so don’t be afraid to ask. Please click on the “Supervisor of Elections” link on the lower right hand side of this page, to find the answers to any other questions that you may have.
Congratulations to Katie Lessard, a fifth-grade teacher at Hollywood Hills Elementary School, who was recently named 2012 Broward Social Studies Teacher of the Year in the elementary school level. Congratulations also to seven Broward County Divisions, who received Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties for innovation in county government programs. Great work everyone!!
Of course, if you have any questions or concerns on any topic, please call my office at 954-357-7006 or send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope that you are enjoying the summer and will exercise your right to vote on August 14!