Published On: Wed, Oct 7th, 2020

It’s Time for YOU to Make Your Voice Heard — VOTE!

by: Robert S Weinroth

While we have been focused on stemming the spread of the new coronavirus, it is important not to forget we have a Primary Election coming up on Aug. 18 and the General Election (where federal, state and local offices will be selected by the voters) is scheduled for Nov. 3.

For many, the thought of going out into large groups to cast a ballot is a bit disquieting. Hopefully, as we approach the summer, COVID-19 will be less of a factor in our daily activities with additional precautions in place (social distancing coupled with public and private hygiene) and, perhaps a vaccine. However, August is always a month with the potential for a tropical storm or hurricane and, who knows, it might snow in November!

To ensure the fullest participation of our electorate, our stakeholders are being urged to request a Vote by Mail ballot from the Supervisor of Elections. Should you decide you would like to vote, in person, as the elections approach, the ballot received by mail can be hand carried to the polling place and voided by a poll worker to expedite the process of allowing you to vote at the precinct.

If you have not already signed up to Vote by Mail and would like to, please go to the SOE website at PBCElections.org.  There is a button in the center of their home page.  It takes two minutes or less to sign up!

Here’s some additional information Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Wendy Sartory Link recently provided:

“As your Supervisor of Elections, I am working with our elections team here locally and with Supervisors across Florida to ensure the integrity and accuracy of the elections are protected, as well as the safety of those who participate in the process.”

“I am encouraging all Palm Beach County voters to sign up to vote by mail for the upcoming 2020 August and November elections. It’s critically important that every voter has their voice heard, regardless of COVID-19.”

  • Voting by mail is safe, secure and is not impacted by COVID-19.
  • For the first time ever (thanks to the support of the Board of County Commissioners of PBC), return postage on your Vote by Mail ballot is pre-paid.
  • You can request a ballot online at PBCElections.org/Voters/Vote-By-Mailor by calling the SOE office at 561.656.6208.

You should periodically make sure your voter information is up to date. Particular attention should be paid to changes in your signature. It’s a little known fact that your signature is automatically updated each time you renew you driver’s license, in person. If you quickly dash off a “squiggle” and that does not resemble the signature you offer at the polling location or on your Vote by Mail ballot there could be a delay in tabulating your vote until this can be rectified.

With the SOE’s new website, residents can make sure their voter information is current and accurate without ever leaving your home.

Remember, you will only be able to vote in non-partisan elections (e.g., judicial races) if you have not “affiliated” with a major party. After the primary, you are free to unaffiliated (otherwise known as an NPA – no party affiliated). Party affiliation is not necessary to vote in the General Election.

While COVID-19 is causing us to adjust how we live, work and even vote, the Supervisor of Elections and county administration is adapting to these new challenges.  They are working to ensure every voter has the opportunity to have their voice heard.

DID YOU KNOW Vote by Mail ballots and EARLY VOTING ballots are tabulated before the ballots cast on the date of the election?

A member of the SOE team will be dispatched to the USPS facility on the evening of election to ensure all ballots received on or before Election Day are counted. Oversees ballots have an extended deadline which can put an added wrinkle into races, such as one in West Palm Beach in March where the elected commissioner won by a single vote.

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. Commissioner Weinroth serves as County Vice-Mayor and has been appointed 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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