October 2018
Lake County Supervisor of Elections, Alan Hays
Alan Hays, Lake County Supervisor of ElectionsA Message from Alan Hays...
We are in full swing preparation for the General Election on November 6th.  We deployed all our equipment for  Early Voting over the weekend and are all set for  Early Voting which starts today and runs through  November 3rd.  I would like to encourage you to take advantage of the flexibility of Early Voting.  There are ten sites located throughout the county and you can choose the site that is closest to where you live, work, or play.  Sites are open from 10 am to 6 pm daily.  Lines are usually shorter than on Election Day and you have the flexibility to choose a site instead of voting at your assigned precinct on Election Day.  
Sample ballots were mailed out last week and we encourage you to mark them up and take them with you to use as a reference when voting.  As I have shared in previous newsletters, there are numerous constitutional amendments on the ballot.  I encourage you to research them before you head to the polls.
Our office has had great response with voters taking advantage of the Vote-by-Mail option.  We have mailed out around 40,000 ballots for the General Election so far and have received around 10,000 voted ballots in our office to date.  We are glad to see so many voters taking advantage of this option and voting from the convenience of their own home.  Please remember your voted mail ballot must be received in our office by 7 pm on Election Day. You may wish to drop your voted ballot in the drop box in front of our office to ensure timely receipt.
I would like to take the time to help dispel a myth that vote-by-mail ballots are only counted if there is a close contest.  This a myth and could not be further from the truth.  Mail ballot returns are always included in Election Night totals, regardless if it is a close contest or not.  Please share this information with your friends and family and help us spread the correct information about this important topic.  Please also encourage your friends and family to subscribe to this newsletter and follow us on social media.  Our goal is to ensure all voters have accurate information they can rely upon.  We want to be your resource for all your voter services needs.
Thank you for allowing me to serve as your Supervisor of Elections.  Feel free to contact me should you have any questions or concerns.  
D. Alan Hays
D. Alan Hays, DMD
Lake County Supervisor of Elections
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Early Voting starts today, Monday, October 22nd and runs through Saturday, November 3rd.  Hours of operation are 10 am - 6 pm daily.
During the Early Voting period,  you may vote at any one of the ten sites located throughout the county.  Choose the site that is most convenient for you. Noted below is a complete listing of all ten early voting sites located throughout the county:
Cagan Crossings
Community Library
16729 Cagan Oaks
Clermont, FL 34714
Cooper Memorial Library
2525 Oakley Seaver Drive
Clermont, FL 34711
Eustis Service Center*
301 W. Ward Avenue
Eustis, FL 32726
Lady Lake Public Library
225 W. Guava Street, 2nd Floor
Lady Lake, FL 32159
Leesburg Public Library
100 E. Main Street, Room B
Leesburg, FL 34748
Minneola City Hall
800 N. U.S. Highway 27
Minneola, FL 34715
Lake Receptions*
4425 N. Highway 19A
Mount Dora, FL 32757
County Administration Building
315 W. Main Street, 2nd Floor
Tavares, FL 32778
Lake County Supervisor of Elections Office*
1898 E. Burleigh Boulevard
Tavares, FL 32778
Southside Umatilla
Community Center
17107 Ball Park Road
Umatilla, FL 32784
*indicates a new location.
The Eustis Library and Mount Dora Library no longer serve as early voting sites.  Please be sure to bring photo and signature ID with you when voting.  For directions and more details regarding early voting options, click the button below.
Early Voting

Know Before You Go!

If you choose not to take advantage of voting by mail or early voting, use this handy checklist to prepare before you head to the polls on Election Day.  
Some precincts/polling places may have changed since you last voted.  Make sure you know where your assigned precinct is located if you are voting on Election Day.  Polls are open from 7 am to 7 pm on Election Day.  Consider mapping out  your route to your polling location ahead of time to ensure you arrive at the correct precinct before the polls close.  
Updated voter information cards are mailed to voters notifying them of a precinct/polling place change when changes occur.  Check your wallet to make sure you have the most updated voter information card.   
An easy way to check where your Election Day polling place is located is by checking our website. Click the Find My Precinct button below and enter your information.  You will need to enter your house number and street name.  
Once you enter your information, a blue/grey box will appear with your precinct location for Election Day. You may also view your sample ballot from this screen by clicking the blue Sample Ballot link on the page.  
You may also request a vote-by-mail ballot from this screen by click the Mail Ballot Request link.  Mail ballot requests must be made by 5 pm on October 31st.  
You do not need your voter information card to vote, you will need to bring photo and signature ID with you to the polls. The most common form of identification is your driver's license or state issued ID.  Click the How to Vote button below for a listing of all acceptable forms of ID.  
Feel free to call our office, we will be glad to check your record for you and confirm your polling place location.  A summary of all precinct/polling place changes is posted on our homepage on our website.  
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Member Spotlight...
Renee Hodges
Renee Hodges is the Executive Assistant/Financial Coordinator for our office.  She has been in our office since January of 2017.  
Renee is relatively new to the election world, but her background as a legislative assistant pairs well with the role she is currently serving. 
Renee has many responsibilities. She handles all accounts payable, budget requests, maintains all employee records, and processes payroll for all employees. She also handles  Supervisor Hays’ calendar and all administrative functions of the office.  
Renee always has a positive outlook and her smile brightens all our days during very stressful times as Election Day approaches.  Renee is a native Floridian and her southern drawl and charm win over everyone she encounters.  
As you can see from her photo. Renee is a huge Elvis Presley fan. She and her daughter Tiffany make an annual pilgrimage to Memphis to visit Graceland.  
When Renee isn’t traveling with her daughter, she can be found relaxing at home with her husband Dale. They also spend time in their home away from home at their property in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. 
In her former life Renee worked part time as a medical transcriptionist in the evenings after she would come home from working for the legislature. Her transcription/shorthand skills come in handy when she keeps the minutes of the Canvassing Board meetings.  
We are fortunate to have someone with Renee’s organizational skills, fun-loving personality, and strong work ethic on our team.  She is truly an asset to our office and we are thankful to have her knowledge and ability.  Thank you...thank you very much.  
Attention Election Workers... 
We are all excited about Early Voting starting on Monday, October 22nd.  We appreciate all of you for your dedication and willingness to serve. 
If any inspector needs to take a make-up training class, one is being held on October 27th at 9:00 am.  Training must be completed before each election, even if you just received training and worked the Primary Election. 
Brian and Bob have worked diligently to conduct training sessions on multiple dates, including evenings and weekends as well as multiple locations to make it as easy for you as possible.  
We realize that you may have been out of town or unable to attend a class, so we opted to offer a final make-up class. If you need to sign up for this class, please click the button below and enter your information into the scheduling software. 
It takes a special group of people to serve during Early Voting and on Election Day, and we are fortunate to have a team of individuals who represent our office so well when out in the field.  Let's have a great Election season and provide our voters with an excellent voting experience.
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Hurricane Matthew Devastation...A Call for Help

Our colleagues in the panhandle have experienced significant loss during Hurricane Michael, and we are collecting funds so they can rebuild their lives.
The devastation is insurmountable to so many areas, and we all know it could just have easily been our county impacted by such devastation. 
We are so proud of the first responders deployed from Lake County who have been assisting with cleanup and rescue during this most difficult time.  
Many of the Elections offices in the panhandle area have experienced damage, and we are providing equipment needed to allow them to host their elections timely and resume some semblance of normal for the voters in that area. Special provisions are in place for voters impacted.  Early voting options have been extended and first responders who are away from home will have the ability to vote via email, similar to the provisions allowed for our military men and women stationed overseas.
We are so proud to see our communities come together to help those in need.  If you would like to assist with our fundraising efforts, we are collecting cash that we will send to our colleagues at the Supervisor of Elections Office in the Panhandle.  A donation box is set up at our front counter for those who wish to help.  
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1898 E. Burleigh Blvd.
Tavares, FL 32778
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