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What you need to know before you vote on Tuesday

Posted: 11:22 PM, Mar 13, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-16 18:49:55-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Florida's presidential preference primary is Tuesday and we want to make sure your trip to the polls is stress free.

Election Day can be hectic and a big part of what you may see is long lines and wait times. But, you can help prevent both by preparing before you go.

Every year some voters show up at a polling place and find their name is not on the roll for that location.

If it happens on Tuesday, and you're handed a provisional ballot, your vote may not be counted if your registration can't be verified.

In Georgia, they're encouraging people to read the election guide that is sent out.

Some delays are also caused by confusion over voter identification. In Georgia, your ID can be expired, but it must have a picture.

In Florida, it's different, you'll need a valid ID that has your name, a photo, a signature and it can not be expired. You also can bring two separate forms of ID that together contain the required information.

If you voted early or used a mail-in ballot, what happens if your candidate dropped out of the race?

State law is very strict about this. Once you put your ballot in the mail, it's essentially cast, so it can't be captured midstream somehow and give you a second chance.

Another way to prepare for not only this upcoming election, but others is to know who you're voting for ahead for time and make sure you know how to read the ballot.

You can find sample ballots on online, so you know before you go.

If you requested a mail-in ballot and forgot to send it, don't worry. You can drop that off at the supervisor of elections office by 7 p.m. Tuesday, or simply vote in person.