Well, tomorrow is Election Day. It goes without saying that if you haven’t voted yet, please be sure to do so!
The latest polls still show Crist ahead of Meek, but one (Sunshine State News) does show that Meek may be pulling a bit of support from Crist. Most polls continue to say that a Rubio win is likely, with the most recent showing him ahead of Crist by 17 to 20 points. I hope they’re wrong.
I recommend a vote for Crist because he has the better chance of beating Rubio than Meek does. For my other voting recommendations as summarized in my October 28 blog post, click here.
Here are some things you should know to be sure your vote is counted and your time is not wasted on Election Day:
You must vote at your specific precinct’s polling place. Do not go to a library or other early voting site.
To find your precinct’s polling place:
- Your polling location is printed on the inside page of your sample ballot.
- You can also find your polling place by clicking here, or by calling the Collier County Supervisor of Elections Office at (239) 252-8450.
The polls will be open from 7 am until 7 pm.
If you have an absentee ballot but did not mail it in, you can either:
- Complete the absentee ballot and hand-deliver it to the Supervisor of Elections’ Office at either 3301 Tamiami Trail East, Bldg. C-2, or at the North Collier Government Service Center, 2335 Orange Blossom Drive (next to County Library Headquarters) -- between 9 am and 6 pm.
- Vote in person at your precinct. Be sure to bring the absentee ballot with you to be cancelled if you plan to vote in person. If you don’t have the absentee ballot but did not mail it in, you should be permitted to vote a “provisional ballot.” Don’t leave the polling place without having voted! Insist on casting a provisional ballot!
You can check the status of your absentee ballot by clicking here.
To review a sample ballot before going to the polls, click here.
The closest thing I’ve found to a guide for following the election returns is at the New York Times’ FiveThirtyEight blog: The Ultimate Hour-by-Hour, District-by-District Election Guide. I plan to watch the returns and keep score. If you’d like a printer-friendly copy (that has the charts as well as the text), email me and I’ll send you one.