Vote for Birds and Nature

Vote for the birdsMuch has happened over the last several years, and now is the time to stop and assess how well our government has met our goals: OUR goals, the will of the people. Nothing is more important than electing representatives at all levels who will promote the values of the majority. But our government does not know the will of the people if we don't vote! Voting, especially in Florida where so many elections are very close, is our most important way of declaring our sentiments and strongest beliefs.

David Yarnold, CEO of the National Audubon Society, made a passionate plea for voting in the Summer 2020 Audubon Magazine: “If you value birds, vote for candidates who will uphold laws that will protect them like the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. If you value clean water and clean air, vote for candidates who will uphold and strengthen the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act.” He went on to encourage everyone to look at candidates’ plans concerning climate and energy.

These are important issues, and it's critical that we use our voice, our vote, to elect candidates who will put environmental issues front and center. It is not an exaggeration to say that the future of life on our planet is at stake.

Here’s what you need to know about voting in Clay, Duval, and Nassau Counties:

Clay County:

Primary Election: August 18, early voting for primary August 6-15; must already be registered to vote in this primary.

General Election: November 3, early voting October 19-31; register to vote before October 5 if not already registered.

Vote by Mail: All registered voters in Florida may vote by mail. In Clay County, you must submit your request for a mail-in ballot at least 10 days before the election, either in person, by telephone, or on the Clay County Supervisor of Elections website. Your signed ballot must be returned in the envelope provided and received no later than 7 pm on the day of the election. By Florida law, mail-in ballots may NOT be dropped off at a polling location on the day of the election.

Duval County:

Primary Election: August 18, early voting for primary August 3-16; must already be registered to vote in this primary.

General Election: November 3, early voting October 19-November 1; register to vote before October 5 if not already registered.

Vote by Mail: Duval County mail-in ballots may be requested in person, by telephone, or on the Duval County Supervisor of Elections website. You must request your mail-in ballot for the primary by August 8 and the general election by October 5. Your signed mail-in ballot must be received no later than 7 pm on the day of the election. (Note: at the time of this writing, the Duval County Supervisor of Elections office is closed to the public due to the current worldwide health crisis. Check their website for updates as things may change.) You can drop off your mail-in ballot at any early voting site, but they cannot be accepted at a polling location on the day of the election.

Nassau County:

Primary Election: August 18, early voting for primary August 3-16; must already be registered to vote in this primary.

General Election: November 3, early voting October 19 – November 1; register to vote by October 5 if not already registered.

Vote by Mail: As with Clay and Duval counties, you may request a mail-in ballot in person, by phone, or online. Requests must be received at least 10 days before the date of the election and must be returned in the envelope provided no later than 7 pm on the day of the election. Your signed mail-in ballot may be dropped off at any early voting location but cannot be accepted at a polling location on the day of the election. Nassau County has a drop box in front of their government building at 96135 Nassau Place in Yulee that is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Please do not think your vote doesn’t count, because it does. We strongly encourage everyone to exercise your right and VOTE. It is your chance to make your voice heard.

--Carolyn Antman, Conservation Director for Duval County