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April 2018 Newsletter 
A Message from Alan Hays…
Lake County Supervisor of Elections, Alan Hays
This month I have spent many hours planning our relocation and meeting with the contractors as the site is re-purposed to meet our office needs.
Everyone is working diligently to ensure the renovations are completed timely and that we are ready to serve our voters long before Election Day.
I was able to spend some time at the Lake County Fair and enjoyed showing folks some of our new equipment, answering questions regarding upcoming elections, and detailing our efforts to prepare for those elections this summer and fall.
I would like to encourage everyone to consider voting by mail in preparation for the General Election on November 6th.  There will be thirteen state constitutional amendments on the ballot for everyone to read and vote on, so this could increase your time at the polls. You can easily avoid those delays by requesting a vote-by-mail ballot and voting from the comfort of your own home. You can request a mail ballot for this year’s elections or for those through 2020. 
One of the advantages of our new location will be that we will have a drop box for voters to drive up and deposit their vote-by-mail ballot. Our goal is to make it as convenient as possible for our voters to cast their vote. The new location will also be one of the ten early voting sites located throughout the county.  Voting early is another option to skip the lines on Election Day. To request a vote-by-mail ballot or find out dates/times/locations for early voting, click the appropriate button below.
It is truly a joy to work in this office and I hope it shows in all my interactions, both with voters and our team.  If you need anything from me, do not hesitate to call me at 352.343.9734 or email me at 
D. Alan Hays, DMD
Lake County Supervisor of Elections 
Vote-by-Mail Request
Early Voting Info

Out & About in Lake County

We had a great time at the Lake County Fair with our Official Lake County Fair Favorite Things Ballot. The results are in:  Favorite Fair Food:  Funnel Cake with 41.8% of the vote; Favorite Fair Ride: Carousel with 34.5% of the vote;  Favorite Livestock:  This one was close with Beef receiving 36.3% and Poultry receiving 34.5%; Favorite Free Show: The 4-H Share the Fun Show topped its closest opponent, The Fire Fighter Show, with 27.2% and 25.4% respectively.  We hope everyone had fun with our "Fair Favorites" Election and learned more about the elections process.  We appreciate everyone who stopped by our booth.  
We were able to demo our new electronic poll books and our ADA compliant voting machines for voters with a disability.  We also registered/pre-registered voters, updated their records, provided information regarding the upcoming Primary Election on 8/28/18 and the General Election on 11/6/18. It was a great opportunity to communicate with folks from all areas of Lake County.  

Visit Our Wall of Honor

We are proud to have these individuals on our Wall of Honor.  They submitted a bio and are now part of our Vote in Honor of a Veteran Program.  We share their bios when we conduct our voter registration drives at area high schools. We encourage our first-time voters to honor their sacrifice and dedicate their vote to them, our veterans, who have protected our freedoms, especially our right to vote and to choose our own government.  If you are a veteran or a family member of a veteran, please click the link below and submit a  bio.  If you would like to Vote in Honor of a Veteran, just let our election workers know at the polls and you will receive a "My Vote Honors Veteran_______" sticker instead of the regular "I Voted" sticker.  Let's show our veterans our appreciation and honor them with our vote! Next month is Military Appreciation Month...a great time to honor their service.  To submit a bio, click the button below.
Submit a Veteran Bio
Lake Votes Team Member Spotlight
 Brian Sweezea
Brian is our Poll Worker Coordinator.  He has been with our office since June of 2006.  He began as an Election Support Specialist and changed to the coordinator role last year. 
In his current role, Brian focuses on recruitment and retention of election workers.  He has been instrumental in enhancing our election worker training program.  He developed online training modules and revamped the scheduling process so now all election workers have to do is go online and sign up for their preferred class. 
He is also responsible for conducting the hands-on training with our new equipment we will be utlilizing in the upcoming elections.
He says his favorite part about being a member of the Lake Votes team is the people.  Brian enjoys playing the bass guitar, is a movie buff and you will hear him quote movies from time to time.  He considers the following as words to live by: “One day your life will flash before your eyes.  Make sure it’s worth watching”.  This is a quote from the film The Bucket List 2007.
Brian grew up in Lake County.  He and his wife now live in Mount Dora.
If you are Interested in becoming an election worker, click the button below and let Brian know.  
Become an Election Worker

Attention Election Workers!!!

Watch your mailboxes!!! Appointment letters for the August Primary Election are scheduled to go out in early May. Appointed election workers will be directed to our website for training scheduling.  
We look forward to working with you and utilizing our new election equipment. Thank you for your participation in our election worker training program.
On another note, if you have not provided us with an email address, please click the button below and update your record today. 
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315  W. Main Street, Suite 144, Tavares Florida 32778
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