Elections are coming up and the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce has announced a Jackson County Elections Candidate Forum that will be held on July 14 at 6 p.m. on the grounds at Citizens Lodge which is located at 4574 Lodge Drive in Marianna. The event’s outdoor venue was chosen because it allows for more attendance and proper social distancing. Those attending are asked to follow all recommended CDC guidelines. Portable toilets and extra hand-washing stations will be on site for the convenience and safety of the public.
Candidates will be allowed to set up a tent along the track area and hand out materials from 5 to 6 p.m. and after the forum until no later than 9 p.m. The forum is expected to conclude at about 8 p.m. Candidates will speak in alphabetical order, by last name. Representatives will be allowed to speak in place of a candidate and will speak in order of the candidate’s last name. Each candidate will be allowed three minutes to speak, and the firm time limit will be enforced, Chamber officials said. “This event is open to the public and is being held to provide citizens the opportunity to be educated about the issues and candidates in a nonpartisan and open format,” the Chamber release stated. “Food vendors will be available beginning at 5 p.m. Local FFA Chapters will be giving away boiled peanuts. For questions or further information please contact Tiffany Garling at the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce via phone 850-482-8060 or email email@example.com.
Register to vote! For the Aug. 18 Primary, the deadline for new voter registrations or party changes is July 20th. You can register or make changes to your registration online at https://registertovoteflorida.gov/home . Early Primary voting is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 3-15, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug 9, at three locations:
• Supervisor of Elections Office, 2851 Jefferson St., Marianna
• Graceville City Hall, 5348 Cliff St., Graceville
• Sneads Town Hall, 2028 Third Ave., Sneads
Visit the Jackson County elections office website, jacksoncountysoe.com or call 850-482-9652 for additional voter information.