Published: Aug 09, 2010 12:13 AM EDT
Updated: Aug 08, 2010 8:44 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. - With more than 340,000 registered voters in Lee County, there's a good chance they won't all be able to make it to their designated precincts on voting day.

But thanks to early voting, their votes will still count.

“Early voting and ballot by mail have become such an important part of the entire process,” said Steve Sherman with the Democratic Party of Lee County.

He says convenience is key.

“I think it’s much easier, instead of restricting voting two a 12-hour window from 7 am to 7 pm on a given day when you don’t know what the weather is going to do and you don’t know what’s going to happen with your personal situation.

Voters will have 12 days, not counting Sundays, to cast their ballots at 5 Lee County locations.
    Sherman says these days, elections are won early.

“If people do not have their contest won on election day, they lose.”

Florida is a closed primary state, which means you can only vote in the primary of the party in which you are registered. But that doesn’t mean independents won’t have any say.

“You still have the opportunity to vote because of the school board and judge elections,” said Sherman.

Early voting ends Saturday, August 21st.

Polling Locations in Lee County:

Lee County Elections Main Office
2480 Thompson St. – Fort Myers
PH #LEE-VOTE (533-8683)

Lee County Election Center Branch Office
(Across from Bell Tower Shops – rear of Robb & Stucky)
13180 S. Cleveland Av. – Fort Myers
PH #533-6918

Cape Coral Branch Office
1031 SE 9th Pl.#3 – Cape Coral

Bonita Springs Branch Office
24951 Old US 41, Suite #10 – Bonita Springs
PH #949-1581

East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Road – Lehigh Acres

Early Voting Times:

Monday thru Friday – 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM
Saturday – 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM

Click here for Charlotte County Early Voting Information:

Click here for Collier County Early Voting Information: