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2020 General Election Voting Basics

Mike Kiniry / WGCU
Mail in Ballot Envelope in Lee County

The 2020 General Election is just five weeks and one day away, and deadlines to register to vote and request a mail in ballot are approaching. We go over the deadlines, and get the basics on vote by mail, early voting, and voting in person on Election Day. Our guests are Janet Hoffman, Co-President of the League of Women Voters of Collier County; and Susan Housel, she is a member of the League’s Voter Services Committee, and co-chair of the Minority Voter Services committee. You can see what will be on your ballot, and more, at Vote411.org.

Election day is Nov. 3

Registration deadlines
Online: Oct. 5
By mail: Postmarked by Oct. 5
In person: Oct. 5

Absentee ballot deadlines
Request: Oct. 24
Return by mail: Received by Nov. 3 by 7:00 p.m.
Return in person: Nov. 3 by 7:00 p.m.

Early voting varies by county.

Lee: Oct. 19 to 31
Collier: Oct. 19 to 31
Hendry: Oct. 19 to 31
Glades: Oct. 24 to 31
Charlotte: Oct. 19 to Nov. 1
DeSoto: Oct. 19 to 31
Sarasota: Oct. 19 to Nov. 1
Manatee: Oct. 19 to Nov. 1

Mike Kiniry is producer of Gulf Coast Live, and co-creator and host of the WGCU podcast Three Song Stories: Biography Through Music. He first joined the WGCU team in the summer of 2003 as an intern while studying Communication at Florida Gulf Coast University. 
Julie Glenn is the News Director and the host of Gulf Coast Live. She joined the WGCU team in November of 2016 to expand the Gulf Coast Live call-in radio show from once a week to five days a week.  Since then, the show has been recognized in state and regional competitions and has featured artists, political leaders, historians, environmental experts, doctors, local reporters, and national and international scholars. After leading the station's award-winning coverage of Hurricane Irma in September of 2017, Julie was named Interim News Director. In January of 2018, she launched WGCU's first podcast: Grape Minds.