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NEWS RELEASE: Supervisor of Elections Office Begins Mailing Sample Ballots for the January 31st Election

FOR IMMEDIATE
RELEASE

January 06, 2012

For more information contact:

Cyndi Young, Education Coordinator
Supervisor of Elections Office ~ (239) 252-8450

Naples, FL – This week, the Collier County Supervisor of Elections Office began mailing sample ballots to every registered voter who has not yet requested a mail/absentee ballot for the upcoming January 31, 2012 Presidential Preference Primary (PPP) Election. The sample ballot indicates which contests voters are eligible to vote. Eligibility depends on where a voter lives in the county and/or the voter’s registered political party. Voters are encouraged to complete the sample ballot and use it as a guide when voting in person during Early Voting or on Election Day.

Collier County voters may exercise their right to vote in one of three ways: mail/absentee ballot, during Early Voting or on Election Day at the precinct indicated on their voter information card. If voting in person, voters are reminded to bring a current photo and signature identification to the polls.

MAIL/ABSENTEE BALLOT: Any registered voter is permitted to request and vote a mail/absentee ballot. Requests may be made online at: www.CollierVotes.com or by calling the Supervisor of Elections Office at (239) 252-8450. The last day to request an absent ballot be sent through the mail is January 25th. It is important to note that mail/absentee ballots are NOT forwarded and will be mailed to the address provided to the Supervisor of Elections Office.

After January 25th, voters requesting an absentee ballot will be required to pick up their ballot at the Supervisor of Elections Office. Absentee ballot pickup requests made by 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday will be available for pickup after 8:00 a.m. the following day. Absentee ballot pickup requests made on Friday will be available for pickup after 8:00 a.m. the following Monday.

Once the absentee ballot is completed, the ballot must be returned by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day in the official ballot envelope provided by the Supervisor of Elections Office. Don’t forget, the ballot envelope MUST be signed by the voter. If returning an absentee ballot by mail, please be aware that on January 22nd the USPS will be increasing the cost of mailing a one ounce piece of mail from 44-cents to 45-cents.

If you received an absentee ballot and decide to vote in person during Early Voting or on Election Day, you should bring the marked or unmarked ballot to the polls so it may be cancelled.

EARLY VOTING – Beginning January 16th through January 28th, registered voters have the option of voting early at any one of the seven designated Early Voting sites. Early Voting is offered Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the following locations: the Supervisor of Elections Office, Everglades City Hall, Naples City Hall, Golden Gate Library, Headquarters Library, Immokalee Library and Marco Island Library.

ELECTION DAY – January 31, 2012 is Election Day and the last day to vote in the PPP Election. On Election Day, voters must vote in their assigned precinct as indicated on their voter information card. Visit www.CollierVotes.com for directions and a photo of the polling site.

Voters must provide both a photo and signature identification when voting in person. Acceptable forms of identification include a Florida driver license, DMV issued Florida ID card, U.S. Passport, debit or credit card, military ID, student ID, retirement center ID, neighborhood association ID or public assistance ID. If a photo ID does not include a voter’s signature, the voter will be required to provide an additional form of identification that provides the voter’s signature.

For more information, visit the website at www.CollierVotes.com or contact the Supervisor of Elections Office at (239) 252-8450.

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