■ STAFF REPORT
While many residents will be waiting for Super Tuesday to roll around to vote in the primary election, almost a quarter of Lee County voters have already cast their ballots through early voting or by absentee ballot.
Primary election voting is Tuesday, March 15 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Boca Grande Community Center. Early voting has started already and continues through March 12 at 7 p.m. at 10 Lee County locations including three in Cape Carol, one in Bonita Springs, three in Fort Myers, one in Lehigh Acres and one in Estero. The Boca Grande Community Center is not an early voting location.
While it is too late to request a Vote by Mail Ballot, if you already have one and have not sent it in, you can turn that ballot in at the Community Center on Election Day. If you plan to mail it, it must reach the election office in Fort Myers by 7 p.m. on March 15, or it will not be counted.
If you are a new resident in Lee County, you must be registered to vote prior to the book-closing deadline and, in addition, be a qualified elector in order to vote on August 30 in the federal primary election.
To receive a voter registration application by mail, complete a request form online at leevote.com. Mail your completed and signed application to Supervisor of Elections, P O Box 2545, Fort Myers FL 33902-2545.
In order to register to vote in Florida, you must be a citizen of the United States of America; be a Florida resident; be 18 years old (you may pre-register to vote if you are 16 years old, but you cannot vote until you are 18 years old); not be adjudicated mentally incapacitated with respect to voting in Florida or any other state; not have been convicted of a felony without your civil rights having been restored; and provide your current and valid Florida driver’s license number or Florida identification card number.
As of March 3, there were 424,754 registered voters in Lee County. There are 178,915 Republicans, 117,954 Democrats and 127,885 Independents.