The May 24, 2011 Miami-Dade County Special Election is just over a week away. Voters will select a new State House District 110 Representative, County Mayor, two County Commissioners and vote on six potential Charter amendments. As always, the Miami-Dade Elections Department is urging all registered voters to participate in this important election. To make voting as convenient as possible, voters are reminded there are three ways to vote: 1. Absentee voting is already underway. More than 105,000 ballots have already been mailed. Any registered voter eligible to vote in this election may request an absentee ballot on the Elections Department website, by phone at(305) 499-8444, in writing or in person at Election Department Main Office at 2700 NW 87 Ave, Miami or the Voter Information Center (VIC) at the Stephen P. Clark Center, 111 NW 1 Street, Miami (located on the 1st Floor). Absentee voters are reminded of the following:Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â· Submit your request by the deadline ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ May 18, 2011 by 5:00 p.m.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â· Ensure your ballot is received by the Elections Department by Election Day,May 24, 2011 no later than 7:00 p.m.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â· Ensure you sign the voter certificate on the outside of the absentee ballot envelope. 2. Early Voting begins Monday, May 9, 2011and runs through Sunday, May 22, 2011. Voters can go to any of the 20 locations throughout the County. Locations and hours of operation are available on the Elections DepartmentÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s website. 3. Election Day is May 24, 2011. Unlike during Early Voting when voters can choose any location, on Election Day, voters must vote at their assigned polling place listed on their voter information card. Any voter who is unsure of where to vote should call 3-1-1 or go to Elections Department website and click on ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œFind Your Polling Place.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Voters are reminded that whether voting at Early Voting or on Election Day, they must bring a valid photo identification that contains their name and signature. Acceptable forms of identification include:Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â· State of Florida Driver's LicenseÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â· Military IDÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â· U. S. PassportÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â· Retirement Center IDÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â· Public Assistance IDÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â· Student IDÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â· Debit/Credit CardsÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â· Neighborhood Association IDÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â· ID Card issued by the State of Florida Voters are encouraged to be ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œElection ReadyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â prior to casting their votes. Miami-Dade voters have been sent a sample ballot by mail. It is also available on the Elections Department website under "See Your Sample Ballot.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â It is printed in English, Spanish and Creole and prepares voters for what to expect on the ballot including candidate races and issues, how to properly vote, the Early Voting schedule and absentee ballot information.
AURTHOR Nicolas Webley