Election Information: Alachua County
- Election Dates, Registration Deadlines
- 3 Ways to Vote - By Mail, Early, or At Your Precinct
- Be Ready to Vote! Get Registered to Vote or Update Your Voter Registration
- Sample Ballots for November 6, 2012 General Election
- LWVF State Voter Guide w/ Proposed Amendment Information
- Local Candidate and Race Information
- Alachua County Ballot Questions - Roads & Education
- Information on 2012 Judicial Races/ Merit Retention of Judges
- Call the League Voter Hotline!
- Alachua County Supervisor of Elections - Local Election Information
- Florida Division of Elections - Statewide Election Information
When, Where, and How to Vote
How to Register to Vote or Update Your Registration
What will my ballot look like? Sample Ballots
Voter Guides: Understanding Your Ballot
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Election Dates, Registration Deadlines
Upcoming Election Dates - 2012
General Election November 6, 2012
Last Day to Register to Vote or Update Registration
General Election October 9, 2012
Any voter may request an absentee ballot and vote by mail.
Vote in Your Precinct
Florida law requires that you vote in the precinct of your legal residence.
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Polls are open from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM on Election Day.
Voters must present picture and signature identification.
Beat the crowds on Election Day - VOTE EARLY!
Any voter may vote early. Early voting is available during an 8-day period before an election. Picture and signature identification required.
Early Voting Dates
Saturday, October 27, 2012 - Saturday, November 3, 2012
8:00AM - 8:00PM
Early Voting Locations:
Supervisor of Elections Office
County Administration Building Location
12 SE 1st Street, Gainesville, FL 32601
Millhopper Branch Library
3145 NW 43rd Street, Gainesville, FL 32606
Tower Road Branch Library
3020 SW 75th Street, Gainesville, FL 32608
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- Review your voting activity for the past 12 months
Other ways to update your registration, or register to vote: online, phone, fax, in person:
Sample Ballots for November 6, 2012 General Election:
Voter Guides are here!
Non-partisan voter guide includes information on Proposed Florida Constitutional Amendments, Florida Supreme Court Justices on the ballot and more!
Alachua County Ballot Questions
Two local funding initiatives will appear on the November 6 ballot for Alachua County voters. Information on the two initiatives is below, and can also be downloaded in this 1-page PDF:
ALACHUA COUNTY QUESTION 1
FIX OUR ROADS ALACHUA COUNTY:
FUNDING ROAD IMPROVEMENTS BY LEVYING A ¾% SALES SURTAX
- 3/4-cent (0.75%) sales tax in Alachua County for 15 years
- Money raised would fund an estimated $337 million in road improvements
- Funding can be used for Maintenance, Operations, Paving/Repaving, Constructing/Reconstructing of Roads
- Funding cannot be used for transit/ bus projects
- Distributed to All Municipalities within Alachua County
- Renews the existing one mil ad valorem (property) tax for public school funding
- NOT a tax increase, but a renewal of an existing tax
- Renewal will last four years: from July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2017
- Original one mil was passed by Alachua County voters in 2008
- Funding supports: school nurses, elementary music and art programs, K-12 school library programs, K-12 guidance programs, middle and high school bands and chorus programs, academic/career technical magnet programs and classroom technology updates
- An independent citizens’ committee reviews expenditures and reports to School Board
- Florida Bar Voter Guide on Judges and Merit Retention.
The LWV of Florida has partnered with the Florida Bar Association to help distribute a nonpartisan voter's guide to the FL judiciary system and merit retention.
To request a hard-copy, email: email@example.com
For more information, see the Florida Bar Association's website:
- Democracy At Stake's website
- LWV of Florida Information on Merit Retention
A YES VOTE is FOR the transportation sales tax
A NO VOTE is AGAINST the transportation sales tax
The LWV of Alachua County/Gainesville has no position on Fix Our Roads.
For more information, see:
ALACHUA COUNTY QUESTION 2
RENEWAL OF THE EXISTING ONE MIL AD VALOREM TAX FOR
SCHOOL DISTRICT OPERATING EXPENSES
A YES VOTE is FOR the one-mil for school funding
A NO VOTE is AGAINST the one-mil for school funding
The LWV of Alachua County/Gainesville recommends
a YES VOTE FOR the one-mil tax for school funding.
For more information, see
Alachua County School Board Info Sheet
Local Candidate and Race Information
Information on 2012 Judicial Races - Merit Retention!
The 2012 ballot will include judges' races, and Supreme Court and apellate judges up for merit retention. What does that mean? How can you get information for voting in these races?
Here are three great resources for information on Judicial races and merit retention:
The League of Women Voters Florida Education Fund
Voter Assistance Hotline:
Hotline callers can get answers to their questions about how changes in Florida's election laws affect them. They can also learn where and how to register to vote, how to check and verify their voter registration information, how to change a name or address, update their signature, find the location of their polling place and request a vote-by-mail ballot along with other vital registration information.
Call between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. weekdays for live answer or leave a message for a call back.
Alachua County Supervisor of Elections - Complete Election Information
For complete elections information, contact the office of the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections
111 SE 1st Ave
Florida Division of Elections - Statewide Election Information
Main website: http://election.dos.state.fl.us/
Florida Voter Assistance Hotline (in English and Español):
Toll Free 1-866-308-6739
For voting information including voter registration, election dates, early voting, precincts and Supervisor of Elections, Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm EST.
The toll free Voter Hotline number for people using TTY is 1-800-955-8771. For more information visit the Florida Relay Service.
Election Law Changes
The 2011 Florida Legislature changed election laws
relating to early voting, address changes, registration drives, among
Summary from Supervisor of Elections