July 25 is the voter registration and party change deadline


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Posted July 20, 2022 | By Ocala Gazette Staff

Monday, July 25, is the deadline to register to vote and/or change political party affiliation for the 2022 Primary Election, according to Supervisor of Elections Wesley Wilcox.

Previously registered voters do not need to re-register but are encouraged to verify their voter registration is accurate and up-to-date by visiting www.VoteMarion.gov. Citizens can register or update their voter information online at www.RegisterToVoteFlorida.gov or in person at the Elections Office or any public library or tax collector office.

Applications must be postmarked or deliver to the Supervisor of Elections Office by July 25. The Marion County Election Center, 981 N.E. 16th St., Ocala, will remain open until 5 p.m. on Monday, July 25, to allow additional time for new registration and updates.

Florida is a closed primary state. In primary elections, a voter may only vote for the candidates of the party in which he or she is registered, unless a Universal Primary Contest (UPC) occurs. A UPC occurs if all candidates for an office have the same party affiliation and the winner will have no opposition in the general election.

There are two UPC contests on the Marion County Primary Election ballot: State Representative Districts 20 and 23 (REP). All qualified voters who reside within the voting district may vote in the primary election for that office, regardless of party affiliation.

Voters can lookup their registration status, sample ballot and voting location by visiting www.VoteMarion.gov/myvoterinfo. For additional information, visit www.VoteMarion.gov or contact the Marion County Election Center at (352) 620-3290 or Elections@VoteMarion.gov.