Educate yourself before you go into that voting booth. You can even use a cheat sheet inside your polling place.
That’s the message from Lynn University’s Dr. Robert Watson’s primer panel on the midterm election Nov. 6.
With 12 amendments plus candidates for governor, Congress, judges and other seats, the ballot can run four or five pages.
“We estimate it will take 32 minutes if the voter isn’t ready,” said Broward County Supervisor of Elections Dr. Brenda Snipes.
“We prefer an educated voter, but if you’re not sure…take a pass or vote no,” said Pamela Goodman, speaking for the League of Women Voters of Florida. “This ballot is not for the faint of heart.”
Goodman recommends preparing by reading the League’s voter and amendments guide at the League of Women Voters Palm Beach County site.
The complicated ballot could be why so many registered voters opted to vote early or by mail. A record 213,000 registered voters have already requested a mailed-in ballot, Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher said at the talk on Oct. 25.
That deadline is Oct. 31 and ballots must be returned to Bucher’s office by Election Day Nov. 6.
How to file, including online, are at Palm Beach County supervisor of elections website.
“We want you to be an educated voter: Look at your sample ballot,” Bucher said about ballots her office sent out snail mail.
For daily updates on early voting turnouts, visit The Boca Voice elections site.
By Marci Shatzman