It looks like it’s going to be a big turnout for the election.
Already, 1,079 vote by mail ballots have been received, with early voting totaling 849 as of end of day Tuesday.
“We haven’t had any issues,” said Supervisor of Election Heather Riley.
The early voting now runs every day, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the two supervisor of elections offices, in Apalachicola and Carrabelle, up through and including Monday, Nov. 5.
At those offices, they’re using the new direct print systems, which print out ballots directly from the voter screen.
“We don’t have to tear it off anymore,” said Riley, “But it’s just for early voting.”
Vote by mail ballots must be returned to the elections office by 7 p.m. election day this Tuesday. All polling places are the same as in past county elections.
The local battles are for county tax collector, which pits Republican Rick Watson, 71, of 1412 Elm Court on St. George Island, against Democrat Teresa Ann Martin, 54, of 101 Avenue M in Apalachicola and Connie Polous, 54, of 75 Shuler Street, in Eastpoint, who is running without party affiliation. Watson was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to fill the remainder of the term of the previous tax collector, Jimmy Harris.
In county commission seat 4, incumbent Democrat Joseph “Smokey” Parrish 57, of 108 Long Road, Apalachicola, is running against Howard Wesson, 64, of 358 Brownsville Road, Apalachicola, who is running without party affiliation.
In county commission district 2, three candidates are running to succeed retiring commissioner Cheryl Sanders. Democrat Tamara Allen, 71, of 120 Gulf Avenue, Carrabelle; Republican Bert Boldt, 73, of 1039 Gulf Shores Boulevard, Alligator Point’ and Mark Nobles, 61, of 105 West Pine Street in Lanark Village, who is running without party affiliation, are all contending for the job.
For the District 2 U.S. congressman, incumbent Republican Neal Dunn is running against Democrat Bob Rackleff.
For governor, Republican Ron De Santis, a former congressman, is facing Democrat Andrew Gillum, mayor of Tallahassee.
For U.S. senator, Republican Governor Rick Scott is vying against incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson.
All voters also will choose between two candidates for Group 13 in the 2nd Judicial Circuit, Lisa Barclay Fountain, 50, and David Frank, 62.