COMMENTARY: 2022 Primary Election
By Jennifer J. Edwards, Supervisor of Elections
One of our most sacred rights as American citizens is the right to have a voice in our government by electing the leaders who will represent us. As Supervisor of Elections, I am proud of the work we do to ensure the integrity of our elections while providing convenient opportunities for voters to cast their ballot whether by mail, during early voting or on Election Day.
2022 Primary Election
Florida is a closed primary state and voters wanting to vote in the Democratic or Republican Primary contests must be registered within their party of choice by July 25.
Party affiliation is not a factor for nonpartisan contests that will also appear on the Primary Election ballot including school board and judicial contests.
Important dates for the 2022 Primary Election are as follows:
Voter Registration/Political Party Change Deadline – July 25
Vote-by-Mail Request Deadline – August 13 at 5 p.m.
Early Voting in Collier County – August 13-20 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Election Day – August 23 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
With decades of experience, the Collier County Supervisor of Elections is THE trusted resource for elections and voting information in Collier County. It is our priority to exhaust every resource available to ensure that our voting system and networks are secure. Since elections were designated as a critical infrastructure in 2017, we have built partnerships with multiple agencies including the Department of Homeland Security who keep election officials abreast of cybersecurity threats and concerns. Our office also continues to invest in new technology for our voting equipment; tools to help harden our networks and training for our employees who help keep our systems safe from bad actors.
We understand that confidence in elections and faithful maintenance of the voter roll are key factors in voter turnout. Collier County has repeatedly led the state in voter participation including in 2020 when over 90% of our voters cast a ballot during the General Election. Our goal is to continue this trajectory by ensuring that every voter has a positive voting experience.
We encourage you to visit our website at www.CollierVotes.gov for information pertaining to the upcoming elections and follow us on our verified social media channels for important announcements made about voting in Collier County.
The leaders in 2022 will be our decision makers in our community and our voice in Tallahassee and in Washington D.C. When we do not take full advantage of the right to vote, we not only give away our voice, we also give away the ability to shape our community’s future. In 2022, be an informed voter and use your vote to voice what is important to you.