One voter wanted to vote Thursday at the city’s Spanish River Library. She was in the right place, but the wrong time. Early voting in the presidential primary starts Saturday March 7 through Sunday March 15. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Election Day is March 17.
Registered Dems or Republicans only can vote at one of 16 sites, including the one on the FAU campus since 2018. The other Boca Raton site changed. It’s at Spanish River Library on Spanish River Boulevard, the first light on the left east of Military Trail. The wait times for all early voting sites will be posted on the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections’ early voting page. That’s something new, the office said.
The city moved libraries in case Brightline’s train station and garage builds were underway, the city confirmed. “The decision was made to move locations because we learned during the November 2020 elections, the Downtown Library would have limited parking due to construction,” said Alison Novoa, public information officer, Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections. The move was made to “limit any confusion through the entire election cycle,” she said. .
If you’re a city resident only, you’ll also find Mayor Scott Singer and challenger Bernard Korn on the ballot. County residents with a Boca address can’t vote in the municipal election that piggybacks on the primary.
If you already chose a dropout candidate and sent back your mail-in ballot, you’re out of luck. “They cannot request a new ballot. A new ballot would be considered a second vote,” Novoa said. But if you haven’t returned it, you can call their office by 5 p.m. Saturday March 7. Or go in person to any of four offices to pick up a new mail-in ballot. “Voters can drop their vote-by-mail ballot at a secure drop box at each early voting location,” Novoa said.
On Election Day, make sure your precinct hasn’t changed and take identification, listed on the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Election’s web site at https://www.pbcelections.org/Voters/Early-Voting
By Marci Shatzman