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Walton County residents: Are you ready to vote? The 2018 Walton County E-Voter is your one-stop-shopping place to learn about the candidates and amendments so you can cast an informed ballot. Please invest in the future of your county, state and nation by making smart decisions when you vote.

All registered voters need to get to the polls or vote-by-mail, as there are multiple federal- and state-level races, multiple proposed constitutional amendments and one county-wide referendum. See below for information about the election in general and the referendum in particular. Use the links at the top of this page to navigate quickly to the appropriate federal/state pages and amendments.

Be informed. Be prepared. Be a voter!

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Referendum

Back in March the Walton County Board of County Commissioners discussed adding a half-cent sales tax referendum to the ballot to fund county infrastructure projects, but that measure was not approved. The referendum that did make it to the ballot was one asking voters whether or not they approve of a confederate flag being displayed on the grounds of the County Courthouse. Controversy over display of the confederate flag has been on-going for years, but especially since a 2015 decision to replace the confederate battle flag with a 13-star confederate banner that now flies at the courthouse. After much discussion, the BOCC decided to let Walton County voters decide the matter.

Supporters of flying the flag cite “heritage.” Opponents point out that Walton County was one of only three counties in Florida to vote to stay in the union, and that no confederate flag ever flew in Walton County during the Civil War. Additionally, the flag pole and confederate flag at the courthouse were erected in 1964 to protest passage of the Civil Rights Act. Finally, opponents note that flying the confederate flag at the County Courthouse is an affront to black citizens of Walton County.

Here is what voters will see on their 6 Nov ballots:

Walton County confederate flag referendum

A “yes” vote supports flying a confederate flag at the County Courthouse.

A “no” vote supports removing the flag from the County Courthouse property.

RegistrationRegister to Vote

Registration books are closed for the 2018 General Election.

Voters may check their registration status and print out a personalized sample ballot by using the Walton County voter information tool. Or you can use this sample ballot. Your personalized ballot will include all the races and ballot initiatives you are eligible to vote on, so be sure to print one out in advance, do your homework and fill in the sample ballot with your choices. Take it with you to into the polling place to speed up the process when you vote.

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Early Voting early voting

Early voting will be available in Walton County at the following dates, times and locations:

  • Saturday, 27 Oct, from 8:30 am–4:30 pm
  • Sunday, 28 Oct, from 1:00 pm–9:00 pm   
  • Monday–Saturday, 29 Oct – 3 Nov from 8:30 am–4:30 pm
Walton County Courthouse
571 US Hwy 90 E
DeFuniak Springs FL 32433
Freeport City Hall
112 State Hwy 20 W
Freeport FL 32439
Walton County Courthouse Annex
31 Coastal Centre Blvd
Santa Rosa Beach FL 32459
Faith Assembly Church
306 S Geronimo St
Miramar Beach FL 32550

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Vote by Mail Vote by Mail

Any registered voter may request a ballot be mailed to them, with no reason needed. Voting by mail is easy and convenient, and allows you to vote if you can’t physically get to the polls during early voting or on Election Day. A member of the voter’s immediate family or legal guardian may also request a ballot for the voter, if directly instructed to do so by the voter.

The easiest way to get your Vote-by-Mail ballot is by completing the Online Mail Ballot Request Form, or by calling the Walton County SoE at 850-892-8112. You can also complete the paper version of the request form and return it to the SoE’s office as directed.

Follow the instructions to complete and return your Vote-by-Mail ballot, then click here to track its status. If you forgot to sign your Vote-by-Mail ballot, you can still recover. Use the Vote-by-Mail Ballot Cure Affidavit to correct your Vote-by-Mail ballot.  

Vote-by-Mail ballots must be returned to the elections office by 7:00 pm on Election Day, so be sure your vote counts by mailing it early or returning it in person.

Note: Your voted absentee ballot must be turned in at one of the two SoE offices (in the Courthouse and Courthouse Annex). You may not turn it in at your precinct on Election Day.

Members of the United States Uniformed Services on active duty and the Merchant Marines, their spouses and dependents, and United States citizens residing outside of the United States have additional options and allowances when it comes to voting by mail, including getting the ballot sooner and by electronic means. For more details, go here.

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Voting Information Voting Information

Questions? Rather than duplicate effort and risk printing out-of-date information, please review the comprehensive Voter Information page prepared by the Walton County SoE. He has you covered!

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