Lake County Supervisor of Elections, Alan Hays, is encouraging voters to take advantage of the voting options available for the August 18th Primary Election. Voters have three options to choose from when casting their ballot.
BY MAIL: Voters may choose to vote from the safety and comfort of their home by requesting a Vote-by-Mail ballot. Voters wishing to do so must get their request in before 5 pm on Saturday, August 8th. Requests can be made online at: https://www.lakevotes.com/Voter-Information/Vote-By-Mail/Mail-Ballot-Request or by calling the Elections office at 352.343.9734. For a voted mail ballot to be counted for the Primary Election, it must be RECEIVED (NOT POSTMARKED) in the Elections office before 7 pm on Election Day (August 18, 2020). A convenient drop box is located outside the Elections office for curbside drop off. Voters may also deposit their voted ballot at any Early Voting site during the Early Voting period. Voters are NOT allowed to drop off ballots at their polling place on Election Day. Vote-by-Mail ballots are allowed to be dropped off ONLY AT EARLY VOTING SITES OR AT OUR CENTRAL OFFICE. Please remember to sign the voter’s certificate on the return envelope when returning your voted mail ballot. “We encourage you to provide your email and phone number, so we can reach you if there is a missing or mismatch signature on the return envelope,” Hays commented.
EARLY VOTING: Early Voting is another option for Lake County voters. “During the Early Voting period, voters may choose any one of the 11 Early Voting sites in which to cast their ballot,” Hays shared. Early Voting begins Thursday, August 6th and runs through Saturday, August 15th. Sites are open from 10 am to 6 pm daily during the Early Voting period. Lines are usually shorter during Early Voting and allows more flexibility in voting locations than voting on Election Day.
Lake County Early Voting Locations
Cagan Crossings Community Library, 16729 Cagan Oaks, Clermont, FL 34714
Clermont Arts and Recreation Center, 3700 S. U.S. Highway 27, Clermont, FL 34711*
Cooper Memorial Library, 2525 Oakley Seaver Drive, Clermont, FL 34711
Eustis Service Center, 301 W. Ward Avenue, Eustis, FL 32726
Lady Lake Public Library, 225 W. Guava St, 2nd Floor, Lady Lake, FL 32159
County Administration Building, 315 W. Main Street, 2nd Floor, Tavares FL 32778
Leesburg Public Library, 100 E. Main St., Leesburg, FL 34748
Minneola City Hall, 800 N. U.S. Highway 27, Minneola, FL 34715
Southside Umatilla Community Center, 17107 Ball Park Road, Umatilla, FL 32784
Supervisor of Elections Office, 1898 E. Burleigh Blvd., Tavares, FL 32778
W.T. Bland Public Library, 1995 N. Donnelly St., Mount Dora, FL 32757*
*indicates a new location
Sample ballots were mailed to all voters who have not opted to vote by mail. We encourage voters to mark up their sample ballot and bring it with them to the polls so they can easily transfer their selections to the actual ballot. If voters are already prepared with their selections, it will minimize the amount of time spent in the privacy booth and therefore
improve wait times and help the elections run more smoothly.
ELECTION DAY VOTING: Voters who wish to vote in person on Election Day, must do so at their assigned precinct/polling location. On Election Day polls are open from 7 am to 7 pm. Voters are encouraged to check their precinct/polling location before heading out to vote. Some polling locations may have changed since they last voted. Voters were mailed updated voter information cards if their precinct/polling location changed. “To find your assigned Election Day voting location, click https://www.lakevotes.com/Voter-Information/Find-My-Precinct or call 352.343.9734 and our office will be happy to assist you,” added Hays.
“We would like to encourage everyone to participate in this year’s Primary Election and to please be patient as we navigate the system during these unprecedented times,” commented Hays. Voters should choose the best voting option for them. Rest assured our office will be doing all we can to ensure voter and election worker safety at the polls. Voters can also feel confident that our well-established Vote-by-Mail process will help ensure their ballot is secure.