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Party primaries on Tuesday

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It’s time to vote folks.
The primary election is Tuesday, Aug. 26, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., but voting has been underway for quite a while.
Already 1,663 Levy County absentee ballots had been received by the Supervisor of Elections Office as of Tuesday afternoon and 442 people took advantage of early voting which started Aug 11 and continues daily through Saturday, Aug,. 23, between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. at the Supervisor of Elections Office at 421 S. Court St. in Bronson, next to the county courthouse.
The Election Canvassing Board started meeting at 9 a.m. Wednesday to check absentee ballots to make sure they are correct and to open them and run them through the scanner. While the ballots will be scanned, the votes will not be tabulated. The canvassing board will meet today, Friday, Monday and Tuesday, when they will tally the votes cast at 13 precincts around the county.
This is the first time voters are using the new Evolution electronic voting equipment. Supervisor of Elections Tammy Jones brought the machines in for this year’s elections so any problems could be worked out before the more heavily voted presidential election in 2016.
While all voters will cast ballots in the 8th Judicial Circuit judgeship for Group 12 where incumbent William E. Davis faces challenger William Falik, Republican voters have the most races to decide with contested races for Congress, governor and two county commissioners on the ballot.
In the District 3 congressional race, challenger Jake Rush is taking on incumbent freshman Ted Yoho. In the governor’s race Yinka Abosede Adeshina and Elizabeth Cuevas-Neunder are challenging incumbent Rick Scott. In the Distrct 2 county commission race, incumbent Chad Johnson is being challenged by Rock Meeks. The District 4 county commission race features a replay of the 2012 race with the incumbent Ryan Bell being challenged by the person he defeated, then-Democrat Lilly Rooks.
Democrats will have a shorter ballot with contested races for governor and attorney general. In the governor’s race, Republican-turned Independent-turned Democrat Charlie Crist, a former governor, faces state Sen. Nan Rich. In the attorney general’s race George Sheldon faces state Sen. Perry Thurston.
In the general election, the winner of the Republican nomination for Congressional District 3 will face Howard “Term Limits” Lawson, a no party candidate, and the unopposed Democrat nominee Marihelen Wheeler.
The Republican nominee for County Commissioner District 4 will face Democrat Jamie Griffin, while the District 2 nominee will face Robert Studstill, an independent.

The following candidates were unopposed for their party’s nomination for the following offices:
• Commissioner of Agriculture ― Thaddeus Thad Hamilton (D) and incumbent Adam Putnam (R) who face write-in candidate Jeffrey M. Obos;
• Chief Financial Officer ― incumbent Jeff Atwater and William “Will” Rankin (D), and
• Attorney General ― incumbent Pam Bondi (R) and Bill Wohlsifer, Libertarian Party.
Already elected because they faced no opposition are:
• Three Levy County School Board candidates, incumbents Cameron Asbell for District 1, Robert {hilpott for District 3 and Rick Turner for District 5;
• Two 8th Judicial Circuit Judges, incumbent Robert K. Groeb for Group 1, and Phillip A. Pena in Group 7 and James P. Milon in Group 13.
• Incumbent State Rep. Charlie Stone for District 22.
Voting procedures are the same as on Election Day including the requirement that voters bring a valid photo and signature ID when coming in to early vote.
Examples of valid photo and signature ID include:
• Florida Driver’s License.
• Florida ID Card issued by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
• United States Passport.
• Debit or Credit card.
• Military ID.
• Student ID.
• Public Assistance ID.
• Retirement Center ID.