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Local Elections Matter

The 2016 primary election is on Tuesday, August 30 – a little more than a month away. The last day to register to vote for this election is Monday, August 1st. We at the Gainesville Area Chamber are delighted to be partnering with the Florida Chamber and many other statewide Chambers in encouraging our members to participate in Employee Voter Registration Week, July 18 – 22. This voter registration drive is an effort to encourage civic engagement and make our voices heard this election.

Primary election turnout has historically been lower than general election turnout—even during presidential election years. This is despite the fact that the primary election results impact the general election ballot. Locally, our primary elections will determine the candidates for 2 seats on the Alachua County Commission and 1 seat on the Alachua County School Board, as well as other races. Low primary turnout means that less of the electorate has shaped the general election ballot. We must consider the primary election a very important election.

Employee Voter Registration Week is a great time to make the time to register, and the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections website,, makes it easy. Choose the Register to Vote tab for deadlines, instructions and the Voter Registration Form. Fill it out, print it, sign it and drop it in the mail—it’s that easy.

People fail to vote for a lot of reasons: lack of awareness, apathy, confusion or the belief that “their vote doesn’t matter.” Nothing could be further from the case—many elections are determined by a few hundred votes or less. Make your voice heard this election. Remember, we’re Better Together!

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