VERO BEACH - Early voting runs Oct. 19-31, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., at three locations in Indian River County: Sebastian City Hall Council Chambers, 1225 Main St., Sebastian; Vero Beach Main Library, 1600 21st St., Vero Beach; Supervisor of Elections Office, 4375 43rd Ave., Vero Beach.
If you are not yet registered to vote, it is now too late. The voter registration deadline was Oct. 6.
If you have received a vote by mail ballot, the Elections Office has a secure 24/7 mail ballot drop box outside of their office. You may also bring your completed mail ballot to any early voting site during voting hours and use that site’s secure drop box.
Whether you vote early or on Election Day, be prepared to show a valid identification with photo. In Florida, the following photo IDs are accepted:
Florida driver’s license; Florida identification card issued by the Dept. of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles; U.S. passport; debit or credit card with photo; military ID; student ID; retirement center ID; neighborhood association ID; public assistance ID; Veteran health ID card issued by the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs; license to carry a concealed weapon or firearm; employee ID card issued by any branch, department, agency, or entity of the federal government, the state, a county, or a municipality.
If your photo ID does not include your signature, you will be asked to provide another ID that has your signature.
If you do not bring proper ID, you can still vote a provisional ballot. Your provisional ballot will count provided the signature on your provisional ballot matches the signature in your registration record.
The Centers for Disease Control suggests the following tips to remain safe when voting during the pandemic:
• Wash your hands before entering and after leaving the polling location.
• Bring and use alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol, especially after touching surfaces touched by multiple people, such as door handles or voting equipment.
• Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in lined trash cans. Wash your hands or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
• Wear a mask.
• Maintain at least six feet (about two arms’ length) of distance from others, even when you and others are wearing masks.
• Wash your hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer after using the voting equipment. Avoid touching your face until you have done so.
• Vote at off-peak times, such as mid-morning.
• If your schedule allows, monitor the voter line from your car and join it when it’s shorter.
• Use early voting or vote by mail to avoid Election Day crowds.
Finally, avoid the temptation to disinfect or wipe down voting equipment yourself. Some electronic voting equipment can be damaged by cleaners and disinfectants. Instead, use hand sanitizer immediately before and immediately after touching the voting equipment.
For more information, call (772) 226-4700 or visit voteindianriver.com.