Florida’s presidential primary election isn’t until March 15, but those who want to get voting out of the way early have some options.
Before we get into it, though, it’s important to note that only registered Republicans and Democrats are eligible to vote in this primary. That’s because Florida uses what’s called closed primaries, meaning that only those registered as members of a given party can vote in that party’s primary. No party affiliation (NPA) voters or those affiliated with minor parties aren’t able to vote in either party’s primary.
But assuming you’re a registered Republican or Democrat, there are two ways you can get voting out of the way early. First, it’s not too late to request an absentee ballot. Simply contact your supervisor of elections and request one. Once you get it, just be sure to mail it back or return it to their office before polls close on election day. Your other option, of course, is early voting.
Santa Rosa County
Early voting in Santa Rosa County will last from Monday, February 29 until Saturday, March 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day. Early voting is available at four locations:
- South Santa Rosa Service Center (Annex)
5841 Gulf Breeze Parkway in Gulf Breeze
- County Administration Building
6495 Caroline Street, Suite F in Milton
- Pace Community Center
5976 Chumuckla Highway in Pace
- Tiger Point Community Center
1370 Tiger Park Lane in Gulf Breeze
Escambia County’s early voting doesn’t begin until Saturday, March 5. Seven early voting sites will be open from March 5 through the following Saturday, March 12 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day.
- Supervisor of Elections Main Office
213 Palafox Place, Second Floor
- Main (Downtown) Library
239 North Spring Street
- Genealogy Branch Library
5740 North 9th Avenue
- Southwest Branch Library
12248 Gulf Beach Highway
- Five Flags Speedway
7451 Pine Forest Road
- Escambia County Extension Services
3740 Stefani Road
- Molino Community Center
6450 Highway 95A North