HOLMES COUNTY – With the upcoming election on November 6 and early voting happening now, Holmes County Supervisor of Election Debbie Wilcox Morris urges all to get out and vote.

“So far we have had a great turnout for early voting,” said Morris. “Should anyone want to mail in their vote, call our office by October 31, to request a ballot.”

The only local race on the ballot this turn is the District 1 school board seat.

Kaci Johnson will face off against J. Wayne Marsh and Milton “Tad” Wilson for the seat. Johnson had 34 percent of votes in the primary but was held off by Marsh and Wilson. Non-partisan races require at least 50-percent, plus one, of the vote for determination.

 

Amendments

Florida’s voters will see a range of hot topic issues this November. Here are a few our readers may show heightened interest in.

Amendment 1:

Increased Homestead Property Tax Exemption, which increases the homestead exemption by exempting the assessed valuation of homestead property greater than $100,000 and up to $125,000 for all levies other than school district levies. The amendment shall take effect January 1, 2019.

Amendment 3:

Voter Control of Gambling in Florida, which gives Florida voters exclusive right to decide whether to authorize casino gambling.

Amendment 7:

First Responder and Military Member Survivor Benefits; Public Colleges and Universities Grants, which assesses a mandatory payment of death benefits and waiver of certain educational expenses to qualifying survivors of certain first responders and military members who die performing official duties.

Amendment 8:

School Board Term Limits and Duties; Public Schools, which creates a term limit of eight consecutive years for school board members and requires the legislature to provide for the promotion of civic literacy in public schools. Currently, district school boards have a constitutional duty to operate, control, and supervise all public schools. The amendment maintains a school board’s duties to public schools it establishes, but permits the state to operate, control, and supervise public schools not established by the school board.

Amendment 13:

Ends Dog Racing, which phases out commercial dog racing in connection with wagering by 2020. Other gaming activities are not affected.

 

Early voting can be done only at the SOE office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through November 3. The office is located at the back of the courthouse and reserved parking is available for early voters.

To locate your precinct, call the Holmes County Supervisor of Elections Office at 850-547-1107 or use the SEO’s precinct finder online, www.holmeselections.com. Hours for voting on November 6 are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

2018 Voting Precincts

Ponce de Leon Town Hall

1580 Highway 90, Ponce de Leon, FL 32455

 

Pine Log Volunteer Fire Dept.

1652 N. Highway 81, Westville, FL 32464

 

New Hope Volunteer Fire Dept.

1243 Highway 179A, Westville, FL 32464

 

Bethlehem School Choral Suite

2767 Highway 160, Bonifay, FL 32425

 

Gritney Volunteer Fire Dept.

2141 Tobe Retherford Road, Bonifay, FL 32425

 

Noma Community Center

3467 Skipper Ave., Bonifay, FL 32425

 

Holmes County Agriculture Center - West Bonifay

1173 E. Highway 90, Bonifay, FL 32425

 

Holmes County Agriculture Center - East Bonifay

1173 E. Highway 90, Bonifay, FL 32425