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Collier’s polling station changes, early voting begins

Voters in Collier County will see a little different things at the polls this year.

In addition to voting in elections for Governor of Floridathe Florida Cabinet and the United States House and United States Senate, voters will also make choices for the State House and Senate, School Board, County Commission, and Marco Island City Council.

Election day is November 8. Early in-person voting begins October 27 and ends November 5. for more information.

Election 2022:See the results of the Collier County vote

Here is a list of some changes:

Encourage voting

Election officials say they hope easier access to ballot boxes will allow more people to vote.

For the last day of early voting, Collier Area Transit will help people who want to participate in early voting to make their vote known. On Nov. 5, there will be no fare for using public transportation and getting to polling places throughout the county.

Fixed-route and paratransit services will be available for early voting. CAT Connect, the agency’s paratransit service, will schedule a trip to the polls with 24 hours’ notice. CAT Connect is a door-to-door shared service.

Some changes at the polling station

Hurricane Ian forces a few polling stations to relocate after being closed due to storm damage.

Voters who voted at Precinct 142 of the Isles of Capri Community Center will instead vote at the Marco Presbyterian Church.

Another change will be made in Naples, where voters in precinct 462, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 500 Park Shore Drive, will vote at Moorings Presbyterian Church at 791 Harbor Drive.

Early Voting, Popular Postal Voting

Voting on Election Day continues its steady decline, and for several years mail-in voting has been popular. The coronavirus pandemic has pushed more people to vote by mail in the 2020 election cycle.

How they do this varies from year to year, but more and more people are taking advantage of non-traditional ways to make their choices in elections.

“Since 2012, there has been a direction where mail-in voting and early voting have gone back and forth in popularity with each election,” said Trish Robertson, spokesperson for the Collier Elections Office. . “Election Day continues to decline.”

Voters in Collier County headed to their polling place in North Collier Regional Park to cast their ballots in local and statewide primary and nonpartisan races on Tuesday, August 23, 2022, Election Day in Florida.

Results: early flash then, maybe, waiting

The vote itself is about choosing our leaders for the next term, so there is strong interest in the outcome of the election. The mass media will make it clear who the winners are on the national and state stages, but for local results, residents turn to the local vote count.

The first returns will be released at 7:30 p.m. on November 8, taking into account the ballots that have been cast by postal vote and early voting.

Additional totals for precincts will be announced about every 20 to 40 minutes until the results of all ballots have been compiled, according to election officials.