Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
4:02 pm EDT
Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Skip the lines: Elections supervisor recommends voting by mail

A lengthy ballot, especially for the general election, has prompted Lake County’s supervisor of elections to urge voters to consider voting by mail this year.

The ballot for the Nov. 6 general election will include 13 state constitutional amendments, which could increase voters’ time at the polls, Supervisor of Elections Alan Hays says in a newsletter. Voters can avoid those delays by requesting a vote-by-mail ballot and voting from the comfort of their own home.

The primary election is scheduled for Aug. 28. Election officials are required to send out vote-by-mail ballots July 24-31 for the primary, and Oct. 2-9 for the general election.

The deadline to register to vote is July 30 for the primary, and Oct. 9 for the general election.

Alan Hays // Photos by Lake County Supervisor of Elections Office

The Lake County Supervisor of Elections Office will be moving this summer to 1898 E. Burleigh Blvd. (U.S. Highway 441), across from Florida Hospital Waterman in Tavares, from its current office at 315 W. Main St., Suite 144, Tavares.

One of the advantages of the new location, Alan says, will be a drop box for voters to drive up and deposit their vote-by-mail ballot. The goal is to make voting as convenient as possible.

An elections worker talks to a voter at the recent Lake County Fair.

The new location will consolidate equipment and administrative offices in the same building, utilize enhanced security measures, offer better accessibility for the public, and serve as the county’s 10th early voting site.

Voting early is another option to skip the lines on Election Day. The mandatory early voting period is Aug. 18-25 for the primary, and Oct. 27-Nov. 3 for the general election. Each county supervisor of elections also may offer optional days of early voting.

Lake’s supervisor and his staff are making a concerted effort to get the word out about voting. During the recent Lake County Fair, election workers demonstrated new electronic poll books and ADA-compliant voting machines for voters with disabilities, the newsletter states. They also registered voters, updated their records, and provided information regarding the upcoming elections to patrons from all areas of Lake County.

To request a vote-by-mail ballot or find out more details about early voting, go to