Early voting begins Monday, candidates make final push for Florida

Some are calling it the most important election of their lives. Monday morning, early voting gets underway.

The Supervisor of Elections website in your county lists the early voting locations. There are 11 different polling locations that will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Voting early is the preference for many people.

“I’ve always voted in person, I guess it’s just a habit. I’ve always pretty much voted a little bit early, but not too early, you know? I want to see what everybody has to say before I decide,” said Bill Kenny of Fort Myers.

LINK: Early voting locations in SWFL

In Georgia, and many other states where early voting is already underway, people have waited in long lines.

Lee County Supervisor of Elections Tommy Doyle says he expects everything to run smoothly.

Masks are encouraged, but not required, If you come to a polling location without one, a worker will offer you one, assuring you of your safety and your vote.

“There’s no reason not to have confidence in this year,” Doyle said. “We take it very serious and security, especially security of the ballot, ballots have a strict chain of command that we adhere to, are you should be very confident that your vote will count.”

Early voting starts Monday, Oct. 19 and runs through Sunday, Nov. 1. If you still haven’t made up your mind, the final presidential debate is set for Thursday.

Both campaigns are making their final push in Southwest Florida and both are encouraging you to do one thing: VOTE.

Democrats and Republicans are working overtime encouraging people to choose their candidate.

President Trump argues Joe Biden can’t handle the economy and put people back to work. The former Vice President says Trump has failed to protect the nation from COVID-19. We talked with both campaigns this week.

“This is not a game. We have a family member that has been affected by this, we ourselves have been affected by this, and we stand firmly and let it be known that we’re going to work hard every day to put a leader in the White House to restore the sole of this nation who cares about the health care of every last one of us,” said State Representative Shevrin Jones (D.)

“This fight every day is to make sure that we have economic opportunity for all, that we’re able to rebuild a strong community, that we keep our communities safe and that we defeat coronavirus, that we should not live in fear, we don’t want to be shut down,” said Mercedes Schlapp, the president’s senior campaign advisor.

Mail in voting is already underway. You can check the status of your ballot, here.

Reporter:Gail Levy
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