Support local journalism. Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club.

Friday, August 24, 2018

UCF will have early voting site on campus for November election

Posted By on Fri, Aug 24, 2018 at 10:19 AM

The University of Central Florida will have an early voting site on campus in the weeks before the Nov. 6 general election, according to the Orange County Supervisor of Elections office.

Officials have not yet determined the location of the early voting site on the UCF campus. Early voting for the November election runs Monday, Oct. 22 through Sunday, Nov. 4, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. The last day to register to vote is Oct. 9.

Last month, U.S. District Judge Mark Walker struck down as unconstitutional a rule from the Florida Department of State that prohibited early voting sites on university and college campuses.

"The opinion lopsidedly impacts Florida’s youngest voters," Walker wrote in his July ruling. "The opinion has the effect of creating a secondary class of voters who defendant (the state) prohibits from even seeking early voting sites in dense, centralized locations where they work, study, and, in many cases, live. This effect alone is constitutionally untenable."

After hours-long lines during the 2012 presidential election, Florida lawmakers expanded the number of sites available for early voting in 2013, allowing election supervisors to "designate any city hall, permanent public library facility, fairground, civic center, courthouse, county commission building, stadium, convention center, government-owned senior center, or government-owned community center" as a voting site.

But state Division of Elections Director Maria Matthews interpreted the law as not expressly allowing voting sites at colleges and universities because "terms 'convention center' and 'government-owned community center' cannot be construed so broadly" to include higher education campuses, according to the 2014 opinion.

"Throwing up roadblocks in front of younger voters does not remotely serve the public interest," Walker wrote in his ruling. "Abridging voting rights never does."

Stay on top of Orlando news and views. Sign up for our weekly Headlines newsletter.

Tags: , , , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 12, 2022

View more issues


© 2022 Orlando Weekly

Website powered by Foundation