It is election season, and while The VHA has chosen to be an apolitical organization that does not endorse candidates, we do want to be sure you are informed about the candidates and the election process. Each state varies as far as deadlines for registering to vote, and requesting an absentee or mail-in ballot.
- General Registration Deadline: October 5
- Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot: October 31
- Deadline to Request a Vote-by-Mail Ballot be MAILED: October 24*
- A voter can pick up their own vote-by-mail ballot at any time once the ballot becomes available, including Election Day.
A vote-by-mail ballot refers to a ballot that you request and pick-up or have delivered to you without having to vote at the polls during early voting or on Election Day. A voter must first be registered to vote before he or she can request a vote-by-mail ballot.
*The deadline to request that a vote-by-mail ballot be mailed is no later than 5 p.m. on the 10th day before the election. A Supervisor of Elections must mail the ballot out within 2 business days after a request and the last day for a Supervisor to be able to mail out a ballot is 8 days before the election.
For further and more detailed information on Florida voting visit: https://dos.myflorida.com/elections/for-voters/voting/
CONGRATULATES THE RECENT PRIMARY ELECTION WINNERS FOR SUMTER COUNTY: Commissioners Gary Search, Craig Estep, and Oren Miller; Sheriff Bill Farmer; and Tri-County Circuit Court Judge Pam Vergara.
For Lake County voter info: https://www.lakevotes.com/
For Marion County voter info: https://www.votemarion.gov/
The winners pictured above are the final winners for their positions. Those for Lake and Marion county will move forward as candidates for their respective parties in the General Election on November 3, 2020.
Gate Information for Election Day
Community Watch will alter gate operations for the visitors’ lanes in an effort to accommodate the General Election on November 3, 2020. While roadways within The Villages remain accessible to all members of the public, removing or locking the gate arms in the upright position will eliminate any confusion to those voters that may not be familiar with our community. To prevent confusion for those residents who may wait for the gate arm to come down if they see it in the upright position, some gate arms will be removed. Both a barricade and STOP sign will be placed at each removed gate arm, notifying all drivers that they should stop before proceeding. (Courtesy of www.districtgov.org ).