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Early voting for primary election starts Saturday

— Early voting for the primary election, Aug. 26, starts Saturday and will run until Saturday, Aug. 23, including this Sunday.

This year, three early voting polling booths will be open from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The early voting sites are: Kenilworth Training Facility, 4500 Kenilworth Blvd., Sebring; Avon Park City Hall Council Chambers, 123 E. Pine St., Avon Park; and the

Lake Placid Town Hall Council Chambers, 311 West Interlake Blvd., Lake Placid.

There will be no early voting on the Monday before the primary election.

“This is your chance to get it (voting) done early and avoid possible lines at the polling places, especially at the larger precincts such as precincts 4, 5, 13, 15, 16, 17, 19 & 25,” the Highlands County Supervisor of Elections advises.

Voters can go to any of the three early voting sites and cast their ballots, irrespective of where they live.

“It’s not precinct-specific,” said Highlands County Supervisor of Elections Penny Ogg.

In order to vote, residents need a Florida driver’s license, a Florida identification card or another form of picture and signature ID, elections officials say.

On the primary ballot are the following races:

The two non-partisan Highlands County School Board seats for district 1 and district 5. Since these are non-partisan races, both Republicans and Democrats will vote. Running for the district 1 race are Charlene Edwards, Aljoe Hinson and Ronnie Jackson. The contenders for the district 5 seat are Jill Compton, Clinton T. Culverhouse, William “Pep” Hutchinson III, Trevor A. Murphy and William “Tres” Stephenson III.

The non-partisan seat for circuit judge, 10th Judicial Circuit, Group 16, is being fought between Taylor Davidson and Larry Helms.

Republican voters also will get to choose their gubernatorial candidate: Rick Scott, Yinka Abosede Adeshina or Elizabeth Cuevas-Neunder.

Democratic voters’s gubernatorial candidate choices are: Charlie Crist or Nan H. Rich.

Voters also will decide whether to extend for another 15 years starting from 2019 the one-penny sales tax the Board of County Commissioner levies for infrastructure-type projects.

Ogg said the Kenilworth training facility, which the county owns, will be a permanent early voting site.

The early voting polling site has moved from the Government Center because parking there has become an issue after the Highlands County Tax Collector’s Office took over the driver’s license services, Ogg said.

Last year she analyzed the parking situation and decided upon the Kenilworth Boulevard location as the best alternative, she said.

Also, voters who want an absentee ballot have until Aug. 20 to request one and the elections office has until Aug. 22 to mail an absentee ballot.

To request an absentee ballot, call the elections office at 402-6655 or go to http://www.votehighlands.com/