Published On: Sat, Nov 3rd, 2018

No Excuse For Not Voting in the General Election This Year!

By: Robert S Weinroth

There’s still time to take advantage of EARLY VOTING in Palm Beach County.

Polls will be open for two more days (Saturday & Sunday) from 7AM – 7PM.

Polls will be closed on Monday to “reset” for Election Day.

On Tuesday November 6th voters must present themselves at their assigned precinct to cast a ballot. Bring along a government issued photo ID and, if you received an Absentee Ballot in the mail but did not Vote by Mail, bring it with you to your precinct to facilitate the process of allowing you to vote in person.

No one who presents themselves at a polling place should be sent away without an opportunity to vote. However, if there is a question on a voters ability to cast a ballot (e.g., no government issued ID or otherwise) the voter should be offered a Provisional Ballot and the Canvassing Board will make the final determination of the eligibility of the prospective voter.

As of Friday night, over 140,000 people have voted early st one of the 14 EARLY VOTING locations. Over 15,000 have voted 🗳 in the City of Boca Raton at the Downtown Boca Raton Library and FAU.

Due to the complexity of this year’s 4-page ballot (including 13 questions for voter review), very long lines are anticipating on Election Day.

Every 20 years, a Florida Constitutional Revision Commission is empaneled to make recommendations directly to the voters on amendments deemed necessary.

The Commission placed eight proposed amendments to the a Florida Constitution. One of those proposals (question 8) was tossed by the a Florida Supreme Court because it was deemed misleading.

The remaining questions (skipping over Question 8) will appear on the ballot but may be confusing to voters due to the Commission’s decision to combine unrelated issues (e.g., the regulation of vaping in the workplace with a proposed ban on offshore oil & gas drilling). A careful review of the sample ballot, sent to all Palm Beach County voters who did not request a Vote by Mail ballot, should be undertaken BEFORE going to the polls. However, one can assume many voters will be confronted with the 4-page ballot for the first time when the arrive at the polling place.

For these reasons and the projected heavy turnout, EARLY VOTING is strongly recommend.

The lines of the past few days st EARLY VOTING locations will likely pale in comparison to what can be expected on Tuesday.

Whether you opt to Vote Early, Vote by Mail or Vote on Election Day, don’t forget to vote. Every Vote Counts (just ask Council Member Andy Thomson whose recent election was decided by less than 1 vote per precinct).

If you are determined to vote on Election Day, Palm Tran is, again, offering FREE BUS SERVICE on its Fixed Routes to anyone who presents a Voter ID card upon boarding. There is NO EXCUSE for not voting. 

About the Author

- Robert Weinroth is a 27 year resident of Boca Raton where he is an attorney, businessman, former member of the City Council (where he served for four years) and currently serves as an elected member of the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners. Commissioner Weinroth went to Boston’s Northeastern University where he earned a BSBA in Management. He went on to earn his Juris Doctor at New England School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey and the Supreme Court of the United States. Weinroth served as president and general counsel of Freedom Medical Services Inc, an accredited medical supply company in Boca Raton. FREEDOMED® represented the realization of an entrepreneurial dream. Weinroth, and his wife Pamela operated the company for 16 years, eventually selling the business in 2016. Weinroth takes great pride in his past work as a volunteer Guardian ad Litem for the 15th Judicial Circuit, advocating for the needs of abused and neglected children deemed dependent by the Court. After serving on multiple community boards and committees, Weinroth was elected to the Boca Raton City Council in 2014. During his tenure, he served as CRA Vice-chair and Deputy Mayor and was appointed to a number of county boards including the Boca Raton Airport Authority, the Palm Tran Service Board, the Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency, the Treasure Coast Planning Council and was elected a board member of the Palm Beach County League of Cities. As a newly elected County Commissioner, Weinroth has been appointed Vice-Chair of the Solid Waste Authority, a board member of the PBC Transportation Planning Agency, and alternate representative on the Treasure Coast Planning Agency and several other county and regional boards. Robert, Pamela and their two dogs, Sierra and Siggy, are proud to call Boca Raton home.

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