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ELECTION 2020: Election Day checklist

What to bring if you plan on voting today
Posted at 5:48 AM, Nov 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-03 05:48:44-05

CAPE CORAL, Fla.  — The polls will open up at 7 am at polling locations across Southwest Florida.

Before you head out, there are some things you need to remember to bring with you.

If you forget your ID, you can still vote.

The same goes if they can't find you on the voter registration roll.

Local election offices say rather than being turned away; you will be asked to fill out a provisional ballot.

They will ask you to provide certain identifying information about yourself with that ballot, including things like your birthday, so that they can search for them in the voter roll.

But before a provisional ballot can be counted, local election offices say the chief deputy has to research the envelope and information provided to determine if it goes in the eligible or ineligible stack.

If you still need to drop off your vote-by-mail ballot today, it has to be dropped off at any Office of the Lee County Supervisor of Elections.

And it has to be done before 7 pm tonight for it to be counted.

In Collier County, you will need to drop them off at the main Supervisor of Elections Office in person or by dropbox.

You also can still drop them off at the satellite office.

If you're wondering how you can track a ballot to make sure it was counted, local elections offices ask that you please do so online, versus coming to the polls.

"That is how we want people to track their ballot, don't go to the polls just to see what your status is because all you're going to do is help create a line and some confusion." Said Trish Robertson, Public Relations Officer, Collier County Supervisor of Elections.

To check the status, head to the website, click on check my ballot status and enter your name and birthday.

You will also be able to see if your ballot had any discrepancies like a missing signature. So you know if you need to get in contact with the office to fix it.