INDIAN RIVER COUNTY – Slightly more than 90,000 registered voters have the opportunity to hit the polls as early voting gets underway.
The primary election will be held Aug. 24, after about two weeks of early votes being cast.
Offices up for election in the primary include two County Commission districts, three School Board districts and a handful of state and national posts.
Those posts 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, and Florida House of Representatives Districts 29 and 80.
Florida is a closed primary state, meaning that only those registered with a political party can vote for that party’s candidates in the primary.
In Indian River County, that mean about 43,300 registered Republicans and 27,400 Democrats can participate the primary. Another 19,300 voters registered as something else might have to wait for November’s general election – unless their party is represented in the primary.
Those seeking to cast their votes early have from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day – except Sunday – between now and Aug. 21. They can go to the Supervisor of Elections Office, the Main Library, or Historic Sebastian City Hall.
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. Voters may request an absentee ballot to be mailed to them by visiting www.VoteIndianRiver.com. The last day for voters to request an absentee ballot be mailed to them is Wednesday, Aug. 18.
Voters who choose to wait until Election Day must go to their assigned polling places, which can be found either on their Voter Information Card, on the Elections Office website by clicking on “Precinct Finder,” or by calling the Elections Office.
Many polling locations within Indian River County have been consolidated in order to conform to budget cuts.
All voters affected by polling place changes have been notified by the Supervisor of Elections.
Where to vote early:
Supervisor of Elections Office, 4375 43rd Ave., Vero Beach
Main Library, 1600 21st Street, Vero Beach
Historic Sebastian City Hall/Old Sebastian Schoolhouse Building, 1235 Main Street, Sebastian
Candidates on the Ballot:
County Commission Dist. 2*
County Commission Dist. 4*
Thomas S. Lowther
Peter D. O’Bryan
*Will face Democrat, Independent and No Party Affiliation challenges in General Election.
School Board Dist. 1
Guy L. Barber
School Board Dist. 3
Richard Marini, Sr.
School Board Dist. 5*
Harry Edward Hall, Jr.
Kimberly Yvette Keithahn
Jeffrey R. Pegler
*Will face Write-In candidate in General Election
Glenn A. Burkett
Kendrick B. Meek
William Billy Kogut
Marion D. Thorpe Jr.
No Party Affiliation
Lewis J. Armstrong
Bruce Ray Riggs
Bernie DeCastro, Constitution Party of Florida
Alexander Andrew Snitker, Libertarian Party Of Florida
Michael E. Arth
Phillip J. Kennedy
Farid A. Khavari
Darrin E. McGillis
William D. Crawford
Berthram B. Samuel
Richard L. Scott
Van A. Driessche
No Party Affiliation
Karl C.C. Behm
Lawton “Bud” Chiles
Herman L. Giger
C. C. Reed
Anthony “Tony” Knox, Sr,. The Christian Party
Peter L. Allen, The Independence Party Of Florida
John Wayne Smith, Libertarian Party Of Florida
Chief Financial Officer
No Party Specified
Commission of Agriculture
Thaddeus “Thad” Hamilton
Scott Charles Maddox
O.R. (Rick) Minton, Jr.
James (Jimmy) Harlin Carter (Real Food Party of the United States of America)
Florida House of Representatives, Dist. 29
Robert “Rob” Dale
Roger J. Shealy
Florida House of Representatives, Dist. 80
Deborah J. Mayfield
Bradley Allan Ward
Polling locations consolidated:
Precincts 104 & 107 will be at Sebastian Elementary School, 400 County Road 512, Sebastian
Precincts 108 & 112 will be at Liberty Magnet School, 6850 81st Street, Vero Beach
Precincts 113, 207 & 311 will be at Gifford Community Center, 4855 43rd Avenue, Vero Beach
Precincts 203 & 204 will be at Sebastian Christian Church, 190 Day Drive, Sebastian
Precincts 302 & 303 will be at Treasure Coast Assembly of God, 3660 16th Street, Vero Beach
Precincts 304, 505 & 507 will be at Trinity Episcopal Great Hall, 2365 Pine Avenue, Vero Beach
Precincts 401 & 501 will be at Vero Beach Highlands POA, 625 Highland Drive SW, Vero Beach
Precincts 402 & 405 will be at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 51 Old Dixie Highway, Vero Beach
Precincts 403 & 404 will be at Vero Christian Church, 3250 Oslo Road, Vero Beach
Precincts 408 & 504 will be at Vero Beach Elementary School, 1770 12th Street, Vero Beach
Precincts 503 & 506 will be at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1850 6th Avenue, Vero Beach
Precincts 508, 509 & 510 will be at Christ By The Sea UMC, 3755 Highway A1A, Vero Beach
Polling Place Changes
Voters in Precincts 202, 205 & 208 will return to voting at the Environmental Learning Center, 255 Live Oak Drive, Vero Beach
Voters in Precinct 511 will now permanently vote at the River House, 305 Acacia Road, Vero Beach