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Leon County Elections Office Mails Out 17,000 Ballots

Absentee Ballots
Posted at 3:40 PM, Feb 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-09 17:02:15-05

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) - The New Hampshire Presidential Primaries are here, the first of the 2016 election season. And Floridians won't have to wait much longer to cast their ballots.

The presidential primary preference election in the sunshine state will be on March 15.

The Supervisor of Elections Office mailed over 17,000 mail ballots Tuesday, to kick off the 2016 Presidential Preference Primary in Leon County.

Tuesday is the first day those ballots are mailed by Florida law.

500 ballots were already mailed overseas for voters serving in the military of traveling out of the country.

Ion Sancho, the Supervisor of Elections in Leon County, says they expect a big turnout this year.

"And we look forward to a record primary because you have to remember, there has not been a primary in both parties in a Presidential cycle since 1992. So, in fact, this will be probably the largest Presidential preference primary in Leon County in modern history," said Sancho.

But if you want to vote for a candidate in a specific party, you will have to be registered under that party.

The deadline to switch your affiliation, as well as the deadline to register at all, is quickly approaching.

"To register to vote or to make a party change, the deadline is the same, one must have completed that action and given it to us by February 16th," said Sancho. "Now we are also going to be open late at the Leon County library and at the New Leaf on that day we will be open until 9 o'clock to take late registration or party changes."

The Official Supervisor of Elections "Election Guide" will be mailed to all eligible voters for the primary during the first week of March.

That guide contains everything a voter needs to know to be prepared to vote in this election.