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Voters must use legal residential address

July 25, 2018
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Lee County residents are reminded that they must use their legal home address to register to vote.

"During a recent audit of voter records, the Lee County Supervisor of Elections Office found that many voters were registered at a business or non-residence address, not their address of legal residence," a release from the office states. "In accordance with Florida Statute 97.053-5A(2), a voter must be registered at their address of legal residence.

"When this situation occurs, the Lee County Supervisor of Elections Office sends a certified letter to the voter that explains the voter is registered to vote at a business address and must be registered at the address of their legal residence. A Florida Voter Registration application and postage paid envelope are also included with the letter."

The certified letter additionally explains that if the voter fails to respond to the letter within 30 days it may result in the removal of the voter's name from the Florida Voter Registration System.

If the voter fails to respond within 30 days, the office the follows the following procedure as per state law:

* A legal notice is published stating the voter's eligibility to vote was in question and they must contact the Lee County Supervisor of Elections Office immediately.

* If the voter fails to respond within 30 days of the published legal notice, the voter's registration status is changed from "active" to "removed" for "not having a legal Florida Residence." If this change is made, the voter will have to register to vote again.

Voters are asked to contact the Supervisor of Elections office if they believe they may have been registered to vote at a business or non-residence address to ensure they are eligible to vote in the upcoming elections.

The deadline to register to vote or change political party affiliation for the August Primary Election is Monday, July 30.

Lee County voters can confirm their voter record on our website lee.vote and click the red Check my Voter Registration Status button or call the Supervisor of Elections Office (239) LEE-VOTE (533-8683). Questions regarding the eligibility of those who are not currently registered to vote may also be directed to these sources.

The Lee County Supervisor of Elections mission is to deliver superior election services to the voters of Lee County.

 
 
 

 

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