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A polling station (Image via Wikicommons)
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Voting guide for Broward and Palm Beach counties

Some Broward and Palm Beach County voters will head to the polls Tuesday to choose city and town leaders.

Municipalities holding elections include: Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Coconut Creek, Deerfield Beach, Delray Beach, Highland Beach, Lighthouse Point, Ocean Ridge, Miramar and Weston. In Hillsboro Beach, charter changes are on the ballot.

Where do I vote?

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., but anyone who is in line by 7 p.m. will be allowed to cast a ballot. You must vote at our precinct or return your vote-by-mail ballot to the elections office Tuesday. Postmarks do not count. Find your precinct:

In Palm Beach County: www.pbcelections.org/PrecinctFinder.aspx
In Broward County: www.browardsoe.org/Election-Information/Precinct-Finder

By Zue Lopez Diaz
South Florida News Service
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Do I have to be registered?

You must be registered at least 29 days before the election to be able to vote. That deadline was Feb. 13. Check your voting status here: http://registration.elections.myflorida.com/CheckVoterStatus

What do I need at the polls?

Bring a government issued photo ID such as a Florida driver’s license, state identification card, or most identification that includes both a photo and a current signature.

Look through your sample ballot as a reference, which you can take to the voting booth. Find a copy of your ballot at http://www.pbcelections.org in Palm Beach County or http://www.browardsoe.org/Voter-Information/Sample-Ballot in Broward County.

Should I be concerned about voter fraud?

Fraud — including people maliciously changing votes or voting multiple times — is extremely rare.

It is illegal under Florida law for anyone to campaign, or ask you who you plan to vote for, within 100 feet of your polling place.

If you have reason to believe voter fraud is being committed, you should contact the Florida Department of State’s voter fraud hotline: 1-877-868-3737.

What should I do if I have an issue?

Both Broward and Palm Beach election officials have teams in place to address voter concerns on Tuesday. In Broward, call 954-357-7050; in Palm Beach County, call 561-656-6200.

The Sun-Sentinel published this piece on March 13, 2017. Interested in having low-cost, timely and professionally edited work for your news organization? Read about us here and contact News Director Dan Evans at daniel.evans@fiu.edu.

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