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Welcome

Okaloosa County city residents: are you ready to vote? The 2019 Okaloosa Municipal Election E-Voter is your one-stop-shopping place to learn about the candidates so you can cast an informed ballot. All the municipal offices are bipartisan and elected at large, which means all municipal residents should vote for all positions on the ballot. League urges all registered voters in Cinco Bayou, Crestview, Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Laurel Hill and Shalimar to take some time to invest in the future of your cities by making smart decisions when you vote.

While six of Okaloosa County’s nine municipalities will hold an election on 12 March, most of the candidates automatically will win a seat or be re-elected because they are unopposed. This includes all positions in Cinco Bayou, Laurel Hill and Shalimar, and two out of three in Crestview. Two candidates are vying for Crestview’s Group 2 City Council seat; five candidates have qualified to run for the four city council seats available in Fort Walton Beach; and two candidates have qualifed for Destin’s special election.

Candidate qualification ended on 4 Jan (16 Jan for Destin’s special election), and League sent a brief questionnaire to all the qualified candidates for contested municipal races, asking them to outline their priorities and goals if elected or re-elected. All the responses are included in this E-Voter, so voters can compare the candidates’ views and opinions. Use the links at the top of this page to get more information on the races in your city or town. You can compare responses and click on a candidate’s name to be connected to the appropriate campaign website or candidate statement, if available.

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Important Deadlinesdeadline

  • February 11th: Last day to register to vote in time for the Municipal Elections.
  • 4–8 March: Early Voting from 8:30 am–4:30 pm at SoE office locations only.
  • March 5th: Last day to request a Vote-by-Mail ballot.
  • March 12th: Election Day! Vote at your precinct or ensure your Vote-by-Mail ballot is received at the Supervisor of Elections office no later than 7:00 pm.
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Registration Register to Vote

February 11th is the last day to register in time to be eligible to vote in the Municipal Election.

Okaloosa County voters may check their registration status and print out a personalized sample ballot with the Voter Lookup Tool. Your personalized ballot will include each race in which you are eligible to vote, so be sure to print one out in advance, do your homework on the races that affect you, 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 at both SoE offices from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, beginning 4 March:

302 Wilson St N, Suite 102 1250 Eglin Pkwy, Suite 103
Crestview FL 32536 Shalimar FL 32579
Phone: (850) 689-5600 Phone: (850) 651-7272
Fax: (850) 689-5644  

 

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Vote by Mail Vote by Mail

The deadline to request a Vote-by-Mail ballot is March 5th. A registered voter may request a Vote-by-Mail ballot online, by phone (850-689-5600 or 850-651-7272), by mail (302 Wilson St N, Suite 102, Crestview, FL 32536 or 1250 Eglin Pkwy, Suite 103, Shalimar, FL 32579), by email, by fax (850-689-5644), or in person, to be mailed to or picked up by the voter. Be sure to provide your current mailing address. The U.S. Post Office cannot forward mail ballots. 

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. You may not turn it in at your precinct on Election Day.

A single request for an absentee ballot by any voter (not just overseas voters) is good for all elections for two (2) general election cycles. For example, any request for ballots in the 2018 election is good through November 2020. Not sure about the status of your ballot? Call the Supervisor’s office at 850-689-5600 (Crestview) or 850-651-7272 (Shalimar).

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Voting Information Voting Information

Questions? Rather than duplicate effort and risk printing out-of-date information, please review the comprehensive list of Frequently Asked Questions prepared by the SoE. He has you covered! And don’t forget to check out the SoE’s 2017-18 Voter’s Guide.

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