Voters will go to the polls today to choose the country’s next president.
They’ll also make the call on several congressional, state and local races and state and local amendments.
Polls throughout Alachua County will be open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Pam Carpenter, who is retiring as elections supervisor and is managing her last election, said mail-in ballots must be delivered to her office by 7 p.m. today. Those ballots also must include a signature that matches the signature on file with the Elections Office.
And she reminds voters that it’s imperative they go to their assigned precincts to vote, not to early voting sites.
The only exceptions are for those with signed affidavits proving that an emergency situation prevents them from voting at their assigned precinct.
Carpenter said she expects when all the votes are counted, turnout will be high. And that’s a good thing.
“It is the glue that keeps our democracy together because voting ensures that everybody has a voice in our system,” Carpenter said. “It is my hope that all people who are eligible not only register to vote, but exercise their right to vote.”
Candidates and amendments on the ballot:
* U.S. president: Donald J. Trump, Republican; Hillary Rodham Clinton, Democrat; Gary Johnson, Libertarian; Darrell Castle, Constitution Party; Jill Stein, Green Party, and Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente, Reform Party.
* U.S. Senate: Incumbent Marco Rubio, Republican; Patrick Murphy, Democrat; Paul Stanton, Libertarian; Tony Khoury, Bruce Nathan, Steven Machat, Basil E. Dalack, all with no party affiliation.
* U.S. House District 3: Incumbent Ted Yoho, Republican; Kenneth “Ken” McGurn, Democrat, and Tom Wells, no party affiliation.
* Florida Senate District 8: Keith Perry, Republican, and Rod Smith, Democrat.
* Florida House District 10: Elizabeth Porter, Republican, and Jerry Lawrence Bullard, Democrat.
* Florida House District 21: Chuck Clemons, Republican, and Marihelen Wheeler, Democrat.
* Clerk of the Court and Comptroller: J.K. “Jess” Irby, and write-in candidate Sam Collins.
* County Sheriff: Incumbent Sadie Darnell, Democrat, and Jack Jacobs, Republican.
* County Commission District 1: Incumbent Mike Byerly, Democrat, and write-in candidate Craig A. Herda.
* County Commission District 3: Incumbent Robert “Hutch” Hutchinson, Democrat, and write-in candidate Susan Payne Bliss.
* County Commission District 5: Charles “Chuck” Chestnut IV, Democrat, and write-in candidate Chloe Michelle Goldbach.
* Amendment 1: Rights of Electricity Consumers Regarding Solar Energy.
* Amendment 2: Use of Marijuana for Debilitating Medical Conditions.
* Amendment 3: Tax Exemption for Totally and Permanently Disabled First Responders.
* Amendment 5: Homestead Tax Exemption for Certain Senior, Low-Income, Long-Term Residents: Determination of Just Value.
* County Question 1: Renewal of the Existing Ad Valorem Tax for School District Operating Expenses.
* County Question 2: Wild Spaces and Public Places.
Voting-day questions: call 352-374-5252 or visit www.votealachua.com
Posted on November 7, 2016 by Staff report