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Ken Detzner reminds Floridians to register to vote

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Secretary of State Ken Detzner on Friday reminded Floridians that the deadline to register for the Aug. 30 primary election is Monday.

“The Aug. 1 deadline to register to vote or update your party affiliation for the Primary Election is only a few days away,” Detzner said in a statement.

“Voters who are unsure of their registration status can use the Division of Elections Voter Information Lookup Tool, contact their local Supervisor of Elections office or contact the Division’s main Voter Assistance Hotline at (866) 308-6739,” he added. “Voter registration applications sent by mail and postmarked by Aug. 1 will be accepted.”

Here’s the rest of the release:

Voters are encouraged to double check their voter registration information, update their signatures, and be aware of the following deadlines in advance of the 2016 Primary Election on Tuesday, Aug. 30:

— Individuals not registered to vote in the State of Florida must submit a completed voter registration application by Monday, Aug. 1, in order to participate in Florida’s Primary Election.

— Voters who are already registered but want to update their political party affiliation must update their voter registration information by Monday, Aug. 1, in order to have the change in effect for Florida’ Primary Election.

— Floridians can check their current voter registration status and polling place by using the State of Florida Voter Lookup tool available on the Division of Elections website at

— An update to a voter’s signature for provisional and vote-by-mail (formerly absentee) ballot verification purposes for the Primary Election must be submitted no later than the start of the canvassing of absentee ballots, which may start as early as Aug. 15, 2016.

— If already registered, Florida voters may update their name and address on their registration at any time by notifying their local Supervisor of Elections. Voters are encouraged to make those updates as soon as possible.

Additional information, including how to contact your local Supervisor of Elections, check your voter registration status, and find upcoming election dates, is available on

Before joining Florida Politics, journalist and attorney James Rosica was state government reporter for The Tampa Tribune. He attended journalism school in Washington, D.C., working at dailies and weekly papers in Philadelphia after graduation. Rosica joined the Tallahassee Democrat in 1997, later moving to the courts beat, where he reported on the 2000 presidential recount. In 2005, Rosica left journalism to attend law school in Philadelphia, afterwards working part time for a public-interest law firm. Returning to writing, he covered three legislative sessions in Tallahassee for The Associated Press, before joining the Tribune’s re-opened Tallahassee bureau in 2013. He can be reached at

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