Orange County opens two new early voting sites ahead of August primaries

Orange County opens two new early voting sites ahead of August primaries

The sites will be ready for the August primaries. One site will be located at Eatonville’s Town Hall building, and the other at Life Orlando’s Heart of West Lakes Wellness Center. Eatonville is the oldest incorporated Black municipality in the US. Image via Shutterstock.

By Mivette Vega

June 21, 2024

The new voting sites aim to encourage voting in two historically Black communities.

Two new early voting sites are opening in Orange County ahead of the upcoming elections, Supervisor of Elections Glenn Gilzean announced this week. 

The new voting sites aim to encourage voting in two historically Black communities: Paramore and Eatonville.

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The sites will be ready for the August primaries. One site will be located at Eatonville’s Town Hall building, and the other at Life Orlando’s Heart of West Lakes Wellness Center. Eatonville is the oldest incorporated Black municipality in the US.

“I’d be remiss if I didn’t take this time to encourage our citizens of Orange County to please take advantage of the early voting to prevent long lines,” said Gilzean, who announced the initiative on Juneteenth.

About 33.4% of Orange County’s population is Hispanic.

Eatonville Mayor Angie Gardner expressed her hope that the town hall would continue to serve as an early voting permanent site and urged residents to vote.

“Voting is one of the more important rights in our freedoms, especially as we celebrate Juneteenth. Having early voting means that we have more people, more votes counted because then we ensure that we can avoid long lines on voting day,” said Gardner.

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According to the Florida Department of State, the early voting period must start no later than the 10th day before the election and end on the 3rd day before the election. Supervisors of elections also have the option to offer more early voting on the 15th, 14th, 13th, 12th, 11th, or 2nd day before an election.

With the new voting sites, Orange County will have 22 early voting locations starting with the August primary in libraries and community centers throughout the area.

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  • Mivette Vega

    Mivette Vega is a seasoned journalist and multimedia reporter whose stories center the Latino community. She is passionate about justice, equality, environmental matters, and animals. She is a Salvadorrican—Salvadorian that grew up in Puerto Rico—that has lived in San Juan, Venice, Italy, and Miami.

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