The state of Florida has a unique primary system. In order to vote in closed Nassau County primaries, you have to be registered in the party with candidate representation. In other words – in heavy-red Nassau County, in order to vote in the primary of all your state legislative races this year – you must be a Republican. This also applied to the District 4 race for county commissioner. There are other candidates in the legislative races in the general election also, but in Nassau County republican candidates have an advantage – and hold all partisan county seats.
If you don’t register by July 30th, 2018 – you won’t be able to vote in these important primaries. This date is the last day you can register to vote or change party affiliation. Florida law has changed to make it easy, and you can register to vote or update your voter registration online at http://www.registertovoteflorida.gov. You will need to look at your driver’s license to know the date it was issued. You will also need the last 4 of your social security number. These are used to prove your identity. It is quick, easy, and will ensure you have no issues voting in the primary.
Qualification has just been completed in the State of Florida, so this week the Division of Elections will certify the qualification results to the local Supervisors of Elections.
The Following Races are Closed Primaries:
State Senator District 4
County Commissioner District 4 – Tommy Ford Jr., George Spicer
State Representative District 11 – Cord Byrd, Joe Zimmerman
The Following Races Are Open Primaries:
County Commissioner District 2 – Aaron Bell, Dawn Hagel
School Board District 1 – Donna Martin, Robin Lentz
School Board District 5 – Lissa Braddock, Jonathan Petree
Port Authority District 3 – Scott Hanna, Adam Salzburg
Port Authority District 4 – Carroll Franklin, Jean Scott
Port Authority District 5 – Mike Cole, John Van Derlinder