Escambia Ballots For Military And Overseas Voters On The Way; Not All Voters Eligible For Primary Ballot

July 3, 2020

The first vote-by-mail ballots for the August 18 primary election were sent to military and overseas voters Thursday. The mailing of civilian ballots will begin next week to those who requested them.  Federal and state laws require military and overseas ballots voters to be sent no later than 45 days prior to a federal election. Florida law establishes a window for mailing civilian ballots between 40 and 33 days prior to election day.

However, not all registered voters in Escambia County are eligible to receive a ballot in the primary election, as a result of Florida’s closed primary system and Escambia County’s single-member districts. This impacts nearly 50,000 of Escambia County’s 223,000 registered voters in the primary election.

All registered Republican voters are eligible in at least one contest due to the countywide primary for the U.S. House of Representatives nomination. Registered Democrats, No Party Affiliation voters, and minor party voters in some but not all precincts are eligible, depending on the district in which they are registered.

Registered Democratic voters in the following precincts do not have any contests in which they are eligible to vote in the primary, and as a result will not be issued a ballot:

  • 1, 3, 15, 24, 30, 35, 40, 41, 42, 46, 49, 50, 54, 58, 64, 67, 71, 72.1, 77, 82, 83, 94, 97, 105, 106, 107, 108, 110.1

Voters in the following precincts with No Party Affiliation or registered in a minor party do not have any contests in which they are eligible to vote in the primary, and as a result will not be issued a ballot:

  • 1, 3, 15, 24, 28, 29, 30, 31, 34, 35, 40, 41, 42, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 54, 58, 60, 63, 64, 67, 69, 70, 71, 72, 77, 80, 82, 83, 90, 91, 94, 97, 98, 101, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 110, 113

Any Florida voter can choose to vote by mail. If you have not already made a request and wish to receive your ballot in the mail, visit EscambiaVotes.com/vote-by-mail or call us at (850) 595-3900. The request deadline is August 8.

The deadline to register to vote or change party affiliation before the August 18 Primary Election is July 20. Visit EscambiaVotes.com/register-to-vote for more information. A sample ballot will be mailed to all registered voters prior to the start of early voting and will be posted at EscambiaVotes.com. Voters with questions about their eligibility should call (850) 595-3900 or visit EscambiaVotes.com/am-i-registered for more information.

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Comments

2 Responses to “Escambia Ballots For Military And Overseas Voters On The Way; Not All Voters Eligible For Primary Ballot”

  1. David Huie Green on July 7th, 2020 2:41 pm

    REGARDING:
    “Never figured out why anyone would Register as No Party Affiliation or in a minor party just seems to us that you have willingly given up your Right to Vote in the Primary.”

    They are registering to vote and not choosing to align with any political party.

    I didn’t go NPA, but the idea is that a political party has certain beliefs, goals, agendas they wish to push for. The primaries are actually for the benefit of those private political parties, helping them decide on candidates without having to pay for it themselves.

    Those who disagree with the goals of the political parties really don’t have a reason to participate in the primaries, since they don’t actually want the world any of the parties seek. Instead, they just try to figure out which candidate is best in the general election and vote accordingly, not as part of a herd or pack but as concerned citizens.

    David for loyal Americans, no matter what their particulars

  2. Anne on July 3rd, 2020 7:10 am

    Never figured out why anyone would Register as No Party Affiliation or in a minor party just seems to us that you have willingly given up your Right to Vote in the Primary.
    Of course, if there’s a candidate in one of those minor parties you can vote but that is rare as hen’s teeth.

    We have a Unique Right to VOTE.
    Thanks to the Supt of Elections Office for Your and the Team’s work in helping give the Mail-In Option to us all.

    God Bless this United States of America.





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