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Are you signed up to vote in August?

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A South Marion Citizen editorial

By The Staff

The deadline is near for voters to make sure they are registered to vote in the Aug. 24 primary.

With July 24 falling on a weekend, residents have until July 26 to either register to vote or change parties.

Florida, remember, is a closed primary state. That means only Republicans can vote for Republicans and only Democrats can vote for Democrats.

But everyone can vote in the non-partisan races, which include the race for circuit judge and the School Board elections.

For those who are registered, this is the time you should be getting out and visiting the various forums at which candidates appear. The State Road 200 Coalition has been conducting meetings and will have another on Aug. 9 featuring the County Commission candidates who will be on the ballot. Then the Coalition will come back and have competing candidates for the November elections appear before the residents.

But there are also various clubs, many affiliated with just one party, who conduct gatherings of the candidates. It is to your advantage to attend these and get to know the local hopefuls up close and in person.

Judicial candidates are the hardest to get to know, since they are limited by law as to what they can say. You can go to www.floridabar.org/judicialcandidates and search for any candidates you might want to see. Under circuit judge, incumbent Robert Hodges has posted his personal information. As of Tuesday, his opponent, Denise Dymond Lyn, has not.

But all of this doesn’t matter if you aren’t registered. With the deadline just three days away, make sure you’re eligible to cast your ballot in the Aug. 24 primary.