INDIAN RIVER COUNTY – For the next two weeks, Indian River County voters can choose whether to cast their ballot early in the Nov. 2 General Election or hold off until Election Day.
The Supervisor of Elections Office, the Main Library, and the Historic Sebastian School are the only places currently taking the ballots.
Those seeking to cast their votes early have from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day – except Sunday – between Oct. 18 and Oct. 30.
Voters should bring identification that contains a photo and a signature (such as a Florida driver’s license). Other acceptable forms of ID can be found on the Elections Office website, www.VoteIndianRiver.com.
Those voters who do not have proper identification will be required to vote via provisional ballot. On Nov. 2, all polling places will be open.
Along with deciding who will be the cities’, county’s and state’s new leaders, voters will decide whether or not they want the Indian River County School District to implement a .25-mill property tax increase to be used in classrooms.
Voters will also choose whether or not they want the Board of County Commissioners – and their city councils – to offer tax incentives to new and existing businesses that bring in jobs.
State leaders are also asking voters to decide on six constitutional amendments, which require approval by at least 60 percent to take affect.
Those amendments include reconsidering rules for campaign finance, drawing up new state and congressional districts, and offering tax breaks for those in the military.
Another amendment is Amendment 4, better known as “Hometown Democracy,” which, if passed, would require local voters to approve or deny comprehensive plan changes that the Board of Commissioners approves.
Amendment 8 is a modification to the Class Size Amendment that would calculate class sizes based on averages but still provide a maximum cap.
Other offices voters will select include US Senator, for which Marco Rubio, Gov. Charlie Crist, Kendrick Meek, among others, are running; Florida Governor, Attorney General, Chief Financial Officer, and Commissioner of Agriculture.