Elections are just around the corner, and Pasco County is working to bring as many voters to the polls as possible.
For what both are calling the first time in county history, the supervisor of elections and the tax collector’s office are working together to implement the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 — better known as the Motor Voter law — with joint training on how to get people registered to vote.
The federal law requires offices that provide driver’s license services to also offer opportunities for voter registration. Once a potential voter completes the paperwork at the tax collector’s office, the information is then routed through Florida’s Department of State, and finally to the supervisor of elections office in the appropriate county.
The tax collector’s and elections supervisor’s offices held a series of joint classes, updating on what’s required of each, and how they can streamline the process. Customer service representatives also were trained on the proper way of handling voter registration requests.
As of March 6, a little more than 295,000 people were registered to vote in Pasco County, according to the elections office. Just under 114,000 of them are Republican, 100,400 are Democrats, and 80,900 are independent or have other party affiliations.
The deadline to register to vote for upcoming municipal elections is March 10. The deadline for the August primaries is July 28, and for the general November election, Oct. 6.
To register, visit PascoVotes.com.