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Message from the State Attorney

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Katherine Fernandez Rundle
State Attorney

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Dear Friend,

Even though we are still enjoying our South Florida summer, this is a time to look forward and prepare. While many parents are getting their children ready to return to school, we are preparing for the primary elections on August 23rd. Absentee ballots have already gone out and early voting begins on Monday August 8th.

As your State Attorney, I am committed to protecting your right to vote. That is why years ago I created a special hotline for registered voters to use if you experience any difficulty in voting or observe suspicious conduct.

My Voter Protection Task force is ready to ensure that your voting experience remains free of any impropriety or illegal activity. If you see or suspect irregularities at the early voting sites, with mail-in ballots or on election day, please call my Voter Protection Hotline at 305-547-3300.

In order to make sure that voting in Miami-Dade County is fair and that every voter’s voice is heard, I have set up an Election Response Team that will respond to any complaints of possible voting irregularities. My team of investigators will be available during scheduled voting hours throughout the early voting period from August 8, 2022 through Aug 21, 2022, and again on election day, August 23, 2022.

It is important that every registered voter in Florida know their Voter’s Bill of Rights: Each registered voter in this state has the right to:

    ·       Vote and have his or her vote counted accurately.

    ·       Cast a vote if he or she is in line at the official closing of the polls in that County.

    ·       Ask for and receive assistance with voting.

    ·       Receive up to two replacement ballots if he or she makes a mistake prior to the ballot being cast.

    ·       An explanation if his or her registration or identity is in question.

    ·       If his or her registration or identity is in doubt, cast a provisional ballot.

    ·       Written instructions to use when voting, and upon request, oral instructions in voting from elections officials.

    ·       Vote free from coercion or intimidation by elections officials or any other person.

    ·       Use a voting system that is in working condition and that will allow votes to be accurately cast and counted.

Also, remember to make sure that you take proper identification to your polling station and know the location of your voting site and hours of operation as they may vary, especially during Early Voting.

Being informed and prepared is the best way to protect our vote, our voice, and our democracy. You can count on me as your State Attorney to act on every citizen’s behalf to preserve the integrity of our elections and every vote cast.

Stay safe, healthy, and strong.


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