In this episode of Political MOJO, Meredith Johnson simplifies voting in Florida to three steps, so check out the video after the jump, and share your own voting stories in the comments!
Starring Meredith O’Malley Johnson
A TVJax Production
Producer: Sam Farmer
Editor: Marlon Smith
Production Assistant: Megan Byron
Logo Designer: Sam Farmer
Opening Sequence Photography by Toni Smailagic
Animation: Marlon Smith
You can register to vote any time, but the deadline to register to vote for an upcoming election is 29 days before the election. The registration deadlines for the 2016 election cycle are:
Primary Election: August 1, 2016
General Election: October 11, 2016
However, waiting until the last minute to register is a bad idea, especially if you want to take advantage of early voting. You can find information about registering and voting in Duval County, Florida at DuvalElections.com. There's a form you can fill out online, but you have to print and mail it because we apparently still live in the Dark Ages here. But never fear, you can also register at libraries, driver's license offices, tax collectors, public assistance offices and of course, the elections office.
Do you have any funny, heartwarming, or nightmarish stories about voting? Share them in the comments below!
About Meredith O’Malley Johnson
Meredith is a passionate community advocate, with most of her work focusing on engaging young people in the political process, supporting urban core revitalization and promoting small business and startups development. An original team member for the One Spark festival, she served as the Community & Public Relations Director during the organization’s rapid growth in its first three years to one of the top 20 festivals in the country by attendance and earning the organization over $3 million in earned media.
Meredith is the founder of the nonpartisan Jax Young Voters Coalition, a 501(c)4 organization educating and promoting civic participation to millennials, and serves as chair of the board of directors for that organization. She also serves on the board of directors for the Civic Round Table of Jacksonville, the Jacksonville Public Library Foundation and Party, Benefit & Jam. She is a veteran of 14 local and state political campaigns, working in various positions including communications, field and finance. Meredith also spent a year serving the City of Jacksonville as a Public Communications Officer and on Mayor Alvin Brown’s transition team.
After living all over the country, she fell in love with Jacksonville and decided to make Riverside her permanent home after returning to the area in 2010. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in political science from the University of North Florida. Meredith also holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Florida in political science with a specialty in campaigning.
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