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Collier County sees hundreds turnout on National Register to Vote Day

During the uncertainty of the pandemic, supervisors of elections in Southwest Florida were glad to see a good turnout on National Register to Vote Day Tuesday.

We looked into the patterns elections offices are noticing when it comes to registrations.

“It’s your civic duty to vote; that’s what this country is based on,” Maureen Ruemler said.

Trish Robertson, the public relations officer Collier County Supervisor of Elections Office,  says they had a big online turnout this year.

“We received over 500 voter registrations,” Robertson said. “I’m sure we will see the numbers go up.”

In Lee County, they had more than 300 registrations.

Robertson says more than 114,000 people in the county are registered as Republican, and more than 55,000 are registered as Democrat in the county.

“We’re not only pushing registration but also letting people know it’s a great reminder to be election ready for the upcoming for the fall elections,” Robertson said. “Whether that’s requesting your ballot, understanding dates and times for early voting, knowing where your precinct is located.”

Even with the pandemic, people hope everyone will still make it to the polls.

“Wear a mask, and go out and vote,” Ruemler said.

The last day to register to vote is October 5.

Robertson says voters should get a mail-in ballot as a backup just in case coronavirus cases go up again. Her office wants to make sure all voters are prepared.

Elections are one of the last things people think about until it’s election time,” Robertson said. “So we want to make sure they understand what their status is.”

Reporter:Taylor Smith
Writer:Jack Lowenstein
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