TALLAHASSEE — On Monday, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed Executive Orders 19-261 and 19-262 to extend the state of emergency for a number of counties affected by Hurricane Michael and to expand early voting in Bay and Gulf counties.
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Executive Order 19-261 extends the state of emergency for another 60 days in Bay, Walton, Okaloosa, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Wakulla and Washington counties.
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Executive Order 19-262 provides elections supervisors in Bay and Gulf counties the ability to designate one or more additional early voting sites. It also provides flexibility for early-voting periods and grants authority to ensure the public is aware of such changes.
“As Bay and Gulf counties recover, it is essential that we restore a sense of normalcy to every Floridian impacted by this storm, and that includes ensuring they can exercise their right to vote,” said Gov. DeSantis. “I’m proud that through these two executive orders, we are extending the ability to utilize all state resources for Hurricane Michael recovery while also expanding early voting.”