Bay Co. Election Officials Prepare for Primaries

PANAMA CITY-- August means its primary election season, and the Bay County Supervisor of Elections office is working hard to educate voters.

Last Tuesday the office held its "Midnight Happiness" registration event. The office stayed open until midnight wanting to give voters every opportunity to meet the midnight registration deadline.

Bay Co. Supervisor of Elections Mark Andersen says hundreds of people changed political parties, updated their address and registered for the first time Tuesday.

More than 60 people walked in during the events, dozens signed up at various stations around Bay County and hundreds called in.

"It basically woke people up and said we've got an election, and it's coming your direction. It's time to get your address updated, please! And if you're going to do vote by mail, get a request in," Andersen said. "Remember, early voting is for eight days. It starts on [August] 16th and goes for eight days for 12 hours. I would encourage you to go ahead and just do early voting."

The Florida primary election is August 26.

It is too late to register to vote in the primaries, but you can still shoot for the general election.

That registration deadline is October 6.