BY JAMES HARPER
The number of newly registered Volusia County voters is down 20 percent compared to the 2008 presidential election at this same time, according to Volusia County’s Supervisor of Elections.
Democrats still make up the majority of registered voters but their numbers are down by two percent to 37 percent of all voters, Ann McFall recently told the Daytona Times.
Republicans are 35 percent of the county’s registered voters and their numbers also are down by two percent.
Registrations increase for independents
The majority of the remaining voters are registered as no party affiliation (NPA). Those numbers are up four percent.
McFall says the rise in independent registered voters is due to the number of people registering to vote at the Department of Motor Vehicles where most applicants are not asked about party affiliation unless they volunteer the information.
The last day to register to vote for the Aug. 14 primary is Monday, July 16 by 5 p.m.
McFall said that also is the last day registered voters can change their status as Republican, Democrat or Independent.
She reminds people they can still register to vote at her office in DeLand as well as at any county library or the Department of Motor Vehicles. Applications also can be printed online and mailed to her office but must be postmarked by 5 p.m. on July 16.
Early voting starts Aug. 4
Those who already are registered to vote can request absentee ballots.
Those who don’t vote by absentee ballot will have their first chance to vote during early voting Aug. 4-11.
Voters must provide an acceptable form of photo and signature identification to vote.
Those can be a Florida driver’s license or Florida identification card issued by the Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles; United States passport; debit or credit card; military identification; student Identification; retirement center Identification; neighborhood association identification or a public assistance identification.
Early voting hours will be Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where to vote early
Early voting locations are: Department of Elections, Historic Courthouse, 125 W. New York Ave., DeLand; Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona; Volusia County Library Center at City Island, 105 E. Magnolia Ave., Daytona Beach: Ormond Beach Regional Library, 30 S. Beach St., Ormond Beach; and the New Smyrna Beach Regional Library, 1001 S. Dixie Freeway, New Smyrna Beach.
Early has been cut down by Florida legislators from 10 days to eight.
McFall said she is concerned about college students who registered in Volusia County but who do not live here year-round.
The Legislature moved the primary up two weeks and some universities begin their sessions on Aug. 21. To vote, they will have to request an absentee ballot.
Volusia County’s ballot will contain six pages, McFall said. The ballots already have been mailed out registered voters who are overseas.
McFall also noted that registered voters should have already received their new voter ID cards in the mail by now.
Another new law from Tallahassee requires that the polling place and address be on the cards.