Voter registration totals and turnout this election cycle are proof that Indian River County is growing by leaps and bounds. Monthly voter registration reports show that an average of 902 new voters register each month. Indian River experienced a total voter turnout of 76.63%, equating to 81,716 ballots cast in the 2016 Presidential Election.
Voting prior to Election Day continues to be trending, with 21.61% of ballots cast by mail and another 31.15% of ballots cast at early voting sites. As expected the library was the busiest early voting site, with 14,773 voters. The second trafficked site was the Sebastian City Hall Council Chambers with 9,218 voters, followed closely behind by the Elections Office with 9,143 voters.
Of the 28,042 voters who requested a vote-by-mail ballot, 23,049 (82.19%) voted and returned their ballot. In total 1,221 vote-by-mail ballots were referred for a variety of reasons: 44 were missing a signature, 68 were returned late, 1,096 were returned as undeliverable, 28 had signature differences and 5 voters signed the wrong ballot.
Congratulations to Allison Rhoades of Gifford Middle School! Allison's design was voted the number one Patriotic Pin on VeroVine.com in September. Her drawing was then transformed into a lapel pin that was given to each one of Indian River County's 280 election workers to commemorate their service during the 2016 Presidential Election. The pin contest is a Presidential Election tradition and one Indian River County's election workers eagerly await.
Congratulations to Emma Eaton of Citrus Elementary! Emma's drawing was voted the winner of the 2016 McDonald's Tray Liner Contest. Her eye-catching drawing received the most votes on VeroVine.com and was printed on tray liners that were used at local McDonald's restaurants prior to the Presidential Election. A huge thank you to McDonald's restaurant owner Joe Conrado for sponsoring this special Presidential Election contest yet again and for hosting the Tray Liner Debut Party.
Come December 22, the Elections Office will bid farewell to one of our most dedicated and hard-working family members, Richie Lemoi. Starting as a poll worker in 2002, Richie has provided the Elections Office with years of service. The 2016 election cycle marked his fourth Presidential Election. Once Richie closes this chapter of his life, he and his wife Sheila, also a longtime election worker, plan to catch up on some family time and relaxation.
Hotel Toiletries for the Holidays For the second consecutive year, the Elections Office is taking up a collection of hotel toiletries to donate to The Source, a shelter for the homeless in Vero Beach. If you have leftover hotel toiletries from your recent travels, we invite you to drop them off at the Elections Office so that we can prepare them for delivery before the holidays. Shampoo, conditioner, soap, mouthwash, deodorant, toothpaste, lotion, razors and any other cleansing items are greatly appreciated!
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