10 things to know before casting your vote Tuesday
Tuesday is the day.
With the candidate pool whittled down to four Republicans and two Democrats, Florida voters get a chance to vote in the presidential primaries.
Florida is one of five states with primaries Tuesday, with others in Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio.
Here are 10 things you should know, as you go to the polls:
When are the polls open?
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Remember that you can cast your ballot only at your assigned precinct polling place on Election Day.
If you don't know where to vote, go to the Supervisor of Elections website for the county you're registered to vote in."
Orange County: www.ocfelections.com
Seminole County: voteseminole.org
If you're in line at your proper polling place by 7 p.m., you will be allowed to vote, regardless of the length of the line.
Generally, peak voting times are 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.; 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Who is on the ballot?
There are 13 Republicans and three Democrats on the ballot — but only four Republicans and two Democrats still are actively seeking the presidency.
The Florida ballot was set as of Dec. 14, which explains the discrepancy.
Among the Republicans, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and businessman Donald Trump are still active candidates.
The other Republicans on the ballot in Florida are Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina, Jim Gilmore, Lindsey Graham, Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul and Rick Santorum.
Among the Democrats, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are active candidates. Martin O'Malley also is on the Florida ballot.
What's at stake?
There are 99 convention delegates at stake in the winner-takes-all Republican primary.
There are 246 convention delegates at stake in the Democratic primary, in which delegates will be awarded based on the proportion of votes each candidate receives.
Who's winning so far?
Trump and Clinton have the most delegates so far within their parties. Here are the totals:
Among Republicans, with 1,237 needed for the nomination, Trump has 460, Cruz has 370, Rubio has 163 and Kasich has 63.
Among Democrats, with 2,382 needed for the nomination, Clinton has 1,231 and Sanders has 576.
Who can vote in the primary?
Florida is a closed-primary state. That means only Republicans can vote in the Republican primary and only Democrats can vote in the Democratic primary.
How many people have cast ballots in early voting?
So far, in Orange County, 28,212 Democrats and 24,538 Republicans have voted, according to the Supervisor of Elections website.
What do I need to bring with me?
To be allowed to vote, you need to show one of the following forms of identification, which must contain the voter's name and photograph and must not be expired:
• Florida driver’s license
• Florida identification card issued by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
• U.S. passport
• Debit or credit card
• Military identification
• Student identification
• Retirement center identification
• Neighborhood association identification
• Public assistance identification
Note that employee identification cards and buyer's club identification are no longer acceptable forms of identification.
Additionally, your voter information card is provided only to verify your addresses and to inform you of your polling place and district assignments. This card is not required at the polling place and cannot be used as identification.
Can I wear a campaign button to the polling place?
Yes. Voters may wear T-shirts, buttons, hats and other gear that express their political preferences, as long as they are not actively campaigning in the polling room or the 100-foot zone around it.
What if I still have my vote-by-mail ballot?
Elections officials say that, if you haven't sent in your vote-by-mail ballot, don't put it in the mail at this point, because it must be received by 7 p.m. Tuesday to count. The time it is received — not the postmark date — is what is used.
Instead, you can drop your vote-by-mail ballot at one of the Supervisor of Elections office for your county on Tuesday.
Orange County: 119 W. Kaley St., Orlando
Seminole County: 1500 E. Airport Blvd., Sanford
Or, as an alternative, you can go to your regular polling place, surrender your vote-by-mail ballot, and vote using a regular ballot at the polling place.
When will we be seeing results?
The Florida Division of Elections will not start releasing statewide results until after 8 p.m., because part of Florida is in the Central time zone, and polls close there at 8 p.m. Eastern time/7 p.m. Central time.
Make sure to check centralfloridafuture.com tomorrow for election results.