UF Hillel is partnering with Hillel International on their MitzVote program, a non-partisan get-out-the-vote campaign, that provides college students with the education and resources they need to mobilize and vote in the 2020 general election. Passionate students have the opportunity to help educate their peers on voting and assist in voter registration.
GET A RIDE TO EARLY VOTING AT THE REITZ UNION
Any voter registered in Alachua County is eligible to vote at the Reitz Union or other designated early voting precinct during the early voting period.
In an effort to enable as many voters as possible to get to the polls, UF Hillel is offering free rides to the Reitz Union throughout early voting using our new MitzVote Mobiles.
Early Voting in Alachua County is available from Monday, October 19th through Saturday, October 31st, from 9am to 6pm daily. Please note that you cannot vote at the Reitz on Election Day (Nov. 3). You must vote at your assigned precinct on Election Day.
ABOUT OUR MITZVOTE MOBILES
Trained student volunteers and professional staff will be operating our rented fleet of four, street-legal golf carts, the MitzVote Mobiles.
With COVID-19 still prevalent in our community, we’re minimizing risk by transporting voters to the polls in golf carts rather than private cars. Drivers and passengers can rest assured knowing they are riding safely in an outdoor, open-air environment. Masks will be required at all times and each cart has a maximum capacity of 6 passengers.
With pickup areas on campus and the immediate surrounding areas, our goal is to provide a free and safe ride to any registered voter, including students, faculty, staff, and community members.
FIND A MITZVOTE MOBILE
Follow @MitzvoteUF for the latest updates on where you can find the MitzVote Mobile today.
MitzVote Mobiles will operate on two designated routes, circulating every 20 minutes* from 11:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday, beginning Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 11:00am.
Each stop will be marked with a MitzVote Mobile lawn sign- meet your driver there!
West Campus Route:
Stop 1: West Fraternity Row between Village Drive and Fraternity Drive, at the edge of the law school, across from Sigma Nu Fraternity
Stop 2: Bottom of Fraternity Drive, in front of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity
Stop 3: On Stadium Road, just west of the entrance to Gator Dining, before Tolbert Area Housing
Stop 4: Reitz Student Union Early Voting Precinct
East Campus Route:
Stop 1: Corner of West Panhellenic Drive and SW 9th Avenue, in front of Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority
Stop 2: Corner of East Panhellenic Drive and SW 11th Street, across from Sigma Kappa Sorority on the lawn
Stop 3: Back of Broward Dining, near Broward Pool
Stop 4: Reitz Student Union Early Voting Precinct
*Please note that this schedule is subject to change.
Prefer to schedule your ride or need a different pick up location?
Click here to provide your information and one of our volunteers will contact you.
WHAT TO BRING TO THE POLLS
All voters must present a valid ID with picture and a signature.
You may use two forms of ID to meet the picture and signature requirements at the polls (F.S. 101.043). If you do not have proper ID at the time you go vote, you can vote using a provisional ballot.
Accepted forms of ID:
Florida Driver License
Florida ID Card issued by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
Government Employee ID
Retirement Center ID
Neighborhood Association ID
Public Assistance ID (Social Security or Other Social Services)
Veteran’s Health ID Issued by the VA Florida
Concealed Weapon License
If you requested a vote-by-mail ballot for Alachua County, but prefer to vote in person during early voting, please bring your vote-by-mail ballot with you to surrender to the precinct clerk.
Drive a MitzVote Mobile
We still need drivers! If you are over 18, have a valid driver’s license, and like meeting new people, click here to apply to be MitzVote Mobile driver! Times are listed in one hour shifts.
If you have any questions please contact Nicole at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 610-755-1758.
Apply to be a MitzVote Ambassador
Click here to apply
Be an Educated Voter
VOTER MYTHS & FACTS
I want to tell the world I voted! Can I take a selfie with my completed ballot and post it on social media?
NO. Ballot Selfies are not permitted in the State of Florida. A completed ballot that has been cast could be disqualified if it is shared publicly online. Best to stick with that “I Voted” sticker selfie.
Can I bring notes or a sample ballot that I filled out at home to the polls to help me cast my vote? YES!
Can I wear my favorite candidate t-shirt, hat, pin, etc to the polls or do I need to remain neutral? YES! General voters are allowed to wear anything they’d like to vote. However, election workers must remain neutral and are not permitted to represent a candidate, political party, or group.
I don’t have a driver’s license. Can I use two forms of ID, one with a photo and one with a signature? YES!
VOTE BY MAIL
Voting by mail is a safe and effective alternative to in-person voting.
Requesting a Vote by Mail Ballot
The deadline to request a vote-by-mail ballot for the 2020 General Election is Saturday, October 24, at 5p.m.
The postal service recommends that voters mail ballots one week before the due date to account for any unforeseen events or weather issues and to allow for timely receipt and processing by election officials.
f a voter who has requested a vote-by-mail ballot decides to vote at the polls, he or she must bring the ballot to be cancelled. If the voter does not bring it, the clerk will call the Elections Office to see if he or she has already voted. If it cannot be determined, the voter must vote a provisional ballot.
Returning a Vote by Mail Ballot
Vote-By-Mail ballots may not be dropped off at the voter’s precinct on Election Day. All Vote-By-Mail ballots must be received at the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections office at 515 N. Main Street, Gainesville, FL 32601 by 7 p.m. on Election Day. Voters may also return their vote-by-mail ballots to any early voting site during voting hours or to the white, secure dropbox (available 24/7), located outside the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections Office, 515 N. Main Street, Gainesville, FL 32601.