PANAMA CITY, Fla. – Election day is just hours away and for those of you who didn’t early vote… Tuesday will be the final day to cast your ballot in the municipal elections.
“I just recently found an apartment and returned to Panama City,” said Panama City resident, Betty Morris.
Betty Morris said Bay County is home and that she’s been here since 1984 and wants to vote in her local election. “I think everyone should exercise their right to vote otherwise we don’t get changes made that need to be made,” she said.
With one day until election day, Morris updated her address to make sure she’s registered and can cast her ballot on Tuesday. However, she isn’t the only one who’s relocated post-Hurricane Michael.
Hundreds of people all over Bay County were displaced by the storm and there’s some confusion when it comes to elections. “Unless you feel like you’ve permanently moved, the prior address is the one that you should be using for voting,” said Bay Co. Supervisor of Elections, Mark Andersen.
Bay County supervisor of elections, Mark Andersen, said if you’re living in temporary housing then you vote at the precinct zoned for your original address and if there’s any confusion, you can always call their office or check online to see your status and if you’re eligible to vote this election day.
“We really don’t know what the turnout will be, we just encourage you to take that short bit of time and get that ballot cast,” he said.
Despite the confusion and chaos Hurricane Michael brought, residents said they’re ready to hit the polls and are encouraging others to do the same.
“Get your address changed so you can vote in your district,” said Morris.
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