Quarterly Newsletter
Jan. 1 - March 31, 2020
Supervisor's Message
While it is an unprecedented time for us all, I remain humbled by the support of our community and everyone coming together, especially during the March 17 Election.

As a reminder, my office remains temporarily closed to the public, but we are still here to serve you remotely. I encourage you to visit and monitor my website, www.VoteMarion.Gov for updates.

Please recognize that only the state has the authority to postpone an Election. Therefore, my team and I continue to plan and prepare to conduct the upcoming Elections, unless the Governor orders differently. Know that I am also working closely with our Florida Supervisors of Elections advocating for ways to better serve our voters throughout this time.

As with every Election, I would like to remind you that Vote-by-Mail is a convenient and secure method of voting! Easily request your mail ballot today at www.VoteMarion.Gov/mbrs.

Though we don't know the path this will take us, we are certain that with your continued support, we will make it through this together. But please, even during these difficult times, I do hope you exercise your RIGHT to VOTE.

Stay safe and well,
Wesley Wilcox, CERA
Supervisor of Elections ∙ Marion County, Florida
Supervisor of Elections Office
Temporarily Closed to the Public
In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic and out of an abundance of caution, t he Marion County Supervisor of Elections Office is temporarily closed to the public until further noticed.

We will continue to serve you remotely by:

Most services can be accomplished online such as registering to vote, updating voter information, requesting vote-by-mail, and obtaining information on local candidates and upcoming elections.

Bring the Polls to You!
Consider Voting by Mail in the upcoming elections. It's easy, convenient and secure! Requests must be made no later than 5 p.m. on the 10th day before the election and can be made for a single election or all elections through 2022. Easily request your mail ballot at www.VoteMarion.Gov/mbrs. You may also email VoteByMail@VoteMarion.Gov or call 352-620-3290.

March 17 Election by the Numbers
2020 Presidential Preference Primary and City of Ocala Special Election
Marion County, FL
Ocala Special Election Run-off
A City of Ocala Run-off Election is scheduled for May 19, 2020 since no candidate in the City Council District 2 race received a majority of votes (50% of votes cast plus one vote) in the 2020 City of Ocala Special Election. Only voters who reside within the City of Ocala limits are eligible to vote in this Election. As of today, all 19 Ocala Polling Locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day. As a reminder, Vote-by-Mail is an easy and secure voting option. Easily request your ballot at www.VoteMarion.Gov/mbrs. Be sure to visit and monitor www.VoteMarion.Gov for any changes.
Marion County Surpassed a Quarter of a Million
Registered Voters
We are excited to announce that during February of this year, Marion County surpassed a quarter of a million registered voters! Marion County is considered the 16th largest Florida county for number of registered voters. Over two decades, the number of registered voters has increased by nearly 70%. Marion County's registration growth is depicted below. Current voter registration figures and statistics are available on our website: www.VoteMarion.Gov.
Consider Working the Elections
First off, THANK YOU to our entire team of dedicated Election Workers who worked the March 17 Election. We truly couldn't have done it without you! We are always in need of Election Workers and are currently recruiting citizens to work the Aug. 18 Primary and Nov. 3 General Election. It's a rewarding opportunity to serve the community and learn more about the election process. As a bonus, you could earn up to $230 for the day. Apply to become an Election Worker at www.VoteMarion.Gov/ElectionWorkers and encourage your friends and family members to sign up also.
North Marion Wins 3rd Annual
High School Registration Challenge
Congratulations to North Marion High School for winning our 3rd Annual High School Voter Registration Challenge.

The challenge is aimed at increasing civic participation by registering eligible students and educating seniors about the importance of voting and the elections process.

This year's challenge occurred ahead of the 2020 Elections and encompassed each of Marion County’s public high schools. Collectively, nearly 3,000 seniors participated in the registration activity, and about 500 students were added to Marion County's voter rolls.

Marion County Residents Advised on
Misleading Mailings
Thousands of potentially misleading voter registration mailings are scheduled to be sent to Marion County residents from The Voter Participation Center (VPC) and Center for Voter Information (CVI).

The mailing is intended for unregistered voters, however, the data used is often inaccurate and outdated. Previous mailings have resulted in pre-filled voter registration applications being sent to already registered voters, deceased persons, minor children and even pets.

If you have questions concerning your voter status or eligibility, please visit www.VoteMarion.Gov or contact us at 352-620-3290.
Office Highlights
Post Election Audit
On Mar. 30, your elections team and Canvassing Board Members completed the Post Election Audit for the 2020 Presidential Preference Primary and Ocala Special Election - at a safe social distance of course! The accuracy was 100%. Thank you to all involved.
Emergency Food Drive 4 Kids
On Mar. 25, your elections team gladly contributed to the Emergency Drive Thru Food Drive to help provide food to students in Marion County during the school closures due to COVID-19. 
FSE Legislative Day
On Feb. 18, Florida Supervisors of Elections (FSE) met with legislatures at the Florida Capitol to discuss Senate and House election bills. Supervisor Wilcox was honored to collaborate with Secretary Lee and values the strong partnership with our Department of State.
Cyber Security Florida Workshop
On Feb. 11, your local government leaders attended the Ocala Cyber Security Workshop led by 
Attorney General Ashley Moody
to ensure a #StrongerSaferFlorida and #Protect2020.
Veterans Registration Drive
On Jan. 31, your elections team was honored to provide voter registration at the Veteran Stand Down event hosted by Veterans Helping Veterans. Thank you to all who served and allow us the freedom to vote.
SOE Team Anniversaries
Congratulations to our following team members who recently celebrated 5 years of service to the Marion County Supervisor of Elections Office. Thank you for your exceptional service and dedication to the citizens of Marion County.
Kim Hankemeyer, MFCEP
Director of Office Operations
Penny Burns
Election Services Manager
Nancy Greene
Voter Services Technician
Candee Cotton
Voter Services Technician
2020 Countywide Election Dates
Primary Election
Deadline to register or change party:  Jul. 20
Vote By Mail:  Due by 7 p.m., Aug. 18 ( Request deadline: Aug. 8 by 5 p.m. )
Early Voting:  Aug. 8 - 15, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Election Day:  Aug. 18, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
General Election
Deadline to register:  Oct. 5
Vote By Mail:  Due by 7 p.m., Nov. 3 ( Request deadline: Oct. 24 by 5 p.m. )
Early Voting:  Oct. 19 - 31, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Election Day: Nov. 3, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
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