Lake County Supervisor of Elections, Alan Hays, is warning citizens of Lake County about potentially misleading materials they could be receiving in the mail. These mail-outs often include Florida Voter Registration Applications with information pre-filled and are addressed to informal names, children under voting age, pets, and deceased family members.
These letters originate from the Voter Participation Center (VPC) and the Center for Voter Information (CVI), two organizations not associated with the Florida Division of Elections or the Lake County Supervisor of Elections. The VPC and CVI generate address lists for these mailings from outdated and often incorrect data, which can lead to confusion regarding eligibility for voting, especially among voters who are already registered. Lake County voters who know they are registered are urged to confirm their voter record by using the Voter Information Lookup Tool on the Supervisor of Elections website: www.LakeVotes.com, or by calling their office at 352.343.9734, and to not rely on the information printed on these pre-filled mailed-out applications.
For those wishing to register or update their record, the Florida Division of Elections online portal is available at www.registertovoteflorida.gov . Otherwise, applicants may access the Florida Voter Registration Application forms at the Lake County Supervisor of Elections office, area libraries, and at the tax collectors driver’s license offices. Registering in person is the best way to confirm that the application is received and information is correct. You may see representatives from the elections offices at area libraries throughout the month of September during their Books and Ballots Campaign.
Important registration deadlines are approaching for the 2019 Municipal Elections slated for November 5th, 2019. The following cities/towns in Lake County will conduct an election this year: Clermont, Mascotte, Minneola, Montverde, Mount Dora, and Tavares. “Our registration books close on October 7th for the 2019 Municipal Elections and we want to ensure that voters who plan to vote in the local election are registered, stated Hays. This is why it is so important for voters to utilize our office as a resource for accurate information regarding their record, instead of unaffiliated groups who may not have up-to-date information,” Hays further commented.
The Lake County Supervisor of Elections office has been conducting outreach activities at area city halls, libraries, festivals, and events all throughout the year. They also utilize their social media channels to share information regarding upcoming deadlines, election dates, and other important information. “We welcome your questions and want to assist everyone with their voter services needs,” shared Hays.