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Are you ready to vote in 2018?

April 25, 2018
By ROBYN COOK , Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

The League of Women Voters of Sanibel wants you to know it's easy to register and vote, but you need to make note of these simple tips.

Be sure you are registered and update any information that has changed in your status, such as your address or party affiliation. You can do all of this online at or Please be aware that you are removed from the rolls if you do not vote in at least one election during a four-year period. If you find yourself in that situation, reregister. In addition, ballots are not forwarded, so be sure the Lee County Supervisor of Elections knows where to send your ballot for each election.

Sign up for vote-by-mail at The Supervisor of Elections will send you a ballot for each election you ask for. Most people don't realize their vote-by-mail status expires after two general elections, even if they've voted consistently in previous elections - you must renew your vote-by-mail request. It's easy to check your status and renew at or by calling 239-533-8683.

Vote-by-mail is especially encouraged this year because there will be 13 proposed constitutional amendments on the November ballot. If you voted in 2012 in Florida, you will remember how long it took the ballot reader to process each page of that ballot, which had 11 amendments on it.

If you still want to go to the polls on Election Day, you can turn in the ballot you received in the mail when you go to vote at your polling place. Also, you can always check the status of your mailed-in ballot online.

The following are important dates for your calendar:

- Aug. 28: Primary Election

- Nov. 6: General Election

You must be registered at least 29 days ahead of an election in order to vote in it; the registration deadlines are July 30 for the primary and October 9 for the general.

For more information on voting, including who is eligible, polling places and early voting, visit

The League of Women Voters of Sanibel is a non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting an educated and participatory electorate. At a later date, the league will distribute information on candidates' responses to policy questions, as well as pros and cons on the constitutional amendments.

Robyn Cook is the president of the League of Women Voters of Sanibel.



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