By George “Bud” Scholl, Mayor
(August 31, 2020) – The 2020 general election is two months away on November 3 and this election is as important as ever. As we navigate through the uncertainty of this time, voting can seem daunting. It is important to make a plan for voting before it is too late to take advantage of the options available.
The threat of coronavirus may curb your desire to vote in person at one of the polling places in Sunny Isles Beach. Fortunately, if you are registered to vote in Miami-Dade County, you have the option to request a vote-by-mail ballot. Absentee voting is run by the County and is your optimal choice to limit exposure to the coronavirus. You can request a ballot online, by phone or by mail and a paper ballot will be mailed to you to complete in the comfort of your home. The deadline to request a vote-by-mail ballot is by 5 pm on the 10th day before the election and they must be received by 7 pm on Election Day. To request a vote-by-mail ballot, visit miamidade.gov.
If you choose to vote in person, plan ahead. Early voting is a good way to avoid crowding as it gives you a choice of a handful of days you can vote in various locations around the County. Early voting will run from October 19 – November 1. If voting on Election Day, map out your polling location and arrange the time you will go. Try to vote at less crowded times and be sure to wear your facial covering, use hand sanitizer often and avoid touching your face. Know that if you do vote in person in Sunny Isles Beach, our polling locations are set up following CDC guidelines and with your safety in mind. Machines will be spaced at least six feet apart, or will only allow voters to use every other machine in precincts where that is not possible; all machines will be disinfected after each voter; and social distancing will be enforced.
And if you are not registered to vote yet, don’t delay. The deadline to register to vote is October 5. Visit registertovoteflorida.gov today to submit an application online for a new registration or to make changes to your existing registration record.
With more time at home, take to the internet or news outlets to research the candidates before filling out your ballot. Be an informed voter. You can find more information about voting in Sunny Isles Beach at sibfl.net/elections. Whether you opt to vote by mail or in person, your vote counts.