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WZEP AM 1460 talked to Walton Supervisor of Elections Bobby Beasley about early voting and the upcoming election. Early voting begins Saturday and goes through the following Saturday. Absentee voting is also underway. The general election is Tuesday, November 6th. This year the ballot for our areas is large due to a number of lengthy constitutional amendments.
Beasley says this is a lengthy ballot with two pages. You will get both pages and you need to consider all the questions. You can decide not to vote on all questions, but make sure you turn back in both pages, even if you do not vote on one.
In Walton County, early voting takes place at the Walton County Courthouse with reserved parking on the 6th Street side. You can also vote at the South Walton Courthouse Annex office and at the Paxton City Hall, something new for north Walton voters.
Some smaller precincts have been consolidated to save on future equipment purchases and there are different numbers. If you do go to your old precinct, there will be maps and instructions. Make sure you allow for time at the polls as a presidential election can mean a larger than normal turnout. Last time Walton averaged more than the national average.
Make sure you bring a photo ID with a signature. Usually this is the driver’s license, State ID, Military ID, Passport or even some credit cards. Even if you do not have a photo signature ID, Beasley says to still come and vote. You will simply have to use a signature provisional ballot. Make sure you signature matches what they have at on file when you registered. If your signature has changed, check with the Supervisor’s office and fill out a new form.
If you vote absentee make sure you have the additional require postage. Contact the Supervisor’s office if you have questions. Wednesday is the last day you can officially request the absentee ballot, but the Walton Supervisor office will help in emergency situations if needed. If you have moved from another Florida County to Walton, you can still update your address over the telephone and vote in your correct precinct this election. If you came from out of state, you have to register and that will mean waiting to vote.
The ballots are long and you are advised to research before coming to vote. There are website and other sources where you can find out about the proposed constitutional amendments and the judges. The website, www.votewalton.com has links as well as www.wxep1460.com. Beasley suggests using a sample ballot to mark your choices. The Supervisor does not want to have lines at the poll any longer than necessary and says a prepared voter can help.
Why is voting important? Beasley says democracy voting works best when people participate. He points outs situations where one vote made a difference. Beasley assures the voters their vote will count.
The full audio of this two part story is online at our website, www.wzep1460.com.