Early Voting for primary elections kicks off in Lee and Collier County

Posted at 10:52 PM, Aug 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-09 22:52:13-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — Early voting sites in Lee and Collier counties opened their doors at 10 am for people looking to cast their votes in the primary election.

Saturday, the Collier County elections office reported more than 1,000 voters, who turned out to cast their ballot. Supervisor of Lee County elections, Tommy Doyle, says they had even more voters turn out.

“Not eventful, everything went really smooth, everything opened up on time. We had crowds first thing in the morning, it was steady throughout the day. I think we had 1,800 people vote today,” said Doyle.

Lee County has roughly 460 thousand voters registered in Lee county, Doyle says, the elections office did their part to ensure voter safety in the midst of the pandemic.

“People wearing masks, limiting the amount of people that are in the polling location, keeping our distance. We also have plexiglass guards in front of the check-in stations between the voter and the poll worker”, said Doyle.

Sunday the Collier County elections office reported over 1,500 voters, who turned out to cast their ballot.

Doyle stressed the importance of voting. One voter in Cape Coral agreed, telling me she’s always treasured her vote

“ I think especially for the primaries, you complain about who the candidates are, but you’re not willing to put the time in to make sure they are one that you think are valuable,” said Rosalind Greene.

She tells me, she felt safe heading to the polls, and despite living during the Coronavirus pandemic people should actively use their right to vote.

“You know I had a mask, goggles on, and I made sure my hands were clean afterwards. I don’t see that people need to worry about when they come”, said Greene.

“I think it’s very important, if somebody took it away from us, we would just be fighting to get to vote,” said Greene.

Key Dates and Deadlines in Florida

Tues, Nov. 3: In-Person Voting
Fri, Nov. 13: Absentee/Mail-In Delivered By Date