Leon County Supervisor of Elections office open late on last day to register

Posted at 6:25 PM, Oct 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-05 18:25:17-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Monday is the last day to register to vote in this year's General Election.

There are three ways to vote this year: in-person on election day, by using early voting, or vote by mail.

Before you can do that, you have to get registered before 11:59 p.m. tonight. You can register online in person at the Leon County Supervisor of Elections office.

"Come by my office, it's the last day we're actually staying open late," said Mark Earley, the Leon County Supervisor of Elections. "We've got extended hours. We are staying three hours later than normal so we're open until 8 p.m. And I recommend if you're here is to get into my office today and we can take care of almost any kind of problem we might face."

The most common problem is address changes, particularly those coming from out of state.

Another common concern this year comes from ex-felon voters, who now have the right to vote after the passing of Amendment Four.

"It's tough for people to research if they say they committed a felony a long time ago, they completed their sentencing along time ago, they've been out of the system for 20 years that they may not have any way to verify whether they've completed all every aspect of their legal financial obligations," Earley said. "If you believe you've completed your sentencing guidelines and fulfilled all the judgments as laid down by the court then you can get registered to vote."

Volunteers from the Big Bend Voting Rights Project say they've recently registered as many as 400 ex-felons.

Another group with growing numbers is local students, like Eric Jones of Florida State University's Center for Leadership and social change.

"When it comes to voting, particularly right now, where I think that so many bills out of our control with the pandemic, with all of this protest around social injustice voting, is a great way to start to deal with that right we are actively choosing the people that we believe are going to best represent us to then make a policy that will affect our daily lives," said Jones.

Online voter registration information is available by clicking here.