Fifty days. That's all the time left until Americans go to the polls in the November general election.
In Bay County, the Supervisor of Elections office is gearing up for the balloting process and educating the electorate is near the top of the list of things to do.
There are thousands of bad addresses on file. "It's one of the biggest issues," said Mark Andersen, Supervisor of Elections. All it takes is a phone call (850-784-6100) and a few minutes to bring your address up to date.
A form for registering to vote is available online. Completed forms can be mailed to the supervisor's office or placed in the drop box at the Bay County Government Center.
The ballot itself could present some challenges and cause delays at the polls. There will be a dozen constitutional amendments to consider. "We've never had a two sheet ballot in Bay County of this magnitude," said Andersen. "If we educate ourselves early, use that sample ballot to study up before you go to the polling place, it will make Bay County shine like we always have."
Ballots can be cast absentee, by mail, during eight days of early voting or on Election Day. Andersen hopes voters will educate themselves early and avoid confusion on November 6. "Election Day is your last opportunity to vote, and I really wouldn't encourage you to do that," said Andersen. "If you've got your mind made up, go ahead of time."
The Supervisor of Elections website has a wide variety of information to make voting simple and convenient.