A Message from Vicky Oakes
St. Johns County Supervisor of Elections
As the Supervisor of Elections, I am the Chief Elections Official responsible for conducting all elections in St. Johns County. My office is also responsible for many other tasks such as voter registration, voter education programs, qualifying candidates, and verifying constitutional amendment and candidate petitions among others.
The priority among Election Administrators everywhere has become providing for the safety and security of elections, voting registration system and office networks. Over the past three years, we have strengthened our systems utilizing the latest security technologies and put a number of security defenses in place to protect it. St. Johns County was one of the first in the state to deploy the Albert server that is a monitoring device on our network which enables all traffic to be continually monitored by MS-ISAC. All Florida 67 Supervisors continue to work diligently with our partners at Homeland Security, FBI, FL Dept. of Law Enforcement, FL Dept. of State along with our Cybernavigation Team members to assure we are well positioned and secured against potential threats.
The 2020 election year is already here. The March 17th Presidential Preference Primary leads off Florida’s elections. Florida’s political parties hold a Presidential Preference Primary to decide their presidential nominee for the November General Election. Only voters who belong to the Republican and Democratic parties are eligible to vote in their party’s primaries. Voters who are registered without party affiliation (NPA) or a minor party are not eligible to vote March 17th.
Our state and local primary August 18th. Our congressional and state representatives plus many local offices including Sheriff, Clerk of Courts, Property Appraiser, Tax Collector, Supervisor of Elections, County Commissioners, School Board members and Circuit Judges may be on the ballot. In June, all of these candidates qualify for office and at noon on June 12th we will know which candidates and races will be on the ballot in the Primary and which will go onto the General Election.
The General Election is scheduled for November 3, and with the President and Vice President leading the ballot, this may be a record setting year for voter turnout. In the November 2016 Presidential Election, St. Johns County was among six counties in Florida with the highest voter turnout in the state at 80.5%.
Voting has never been easier that it is today; any voter can request a ballot and vote by mail. If you’d like to request a ballot, simply use our online form or call the Office. Early Voting is conducted prior to each election, which include two weekends, so you can choose your location and time to vote when it’s convenient for you. Your precinct is always open on election day 7 AM-7 PM. To help you prepare, we mail every registered voter a sample ballot three weeks before each election. Look for yours to obtain important information about each election and the candidates that appear on your ballot.
My staff and I are here to serve you, and we will make it easy for you to vote. Please visit our office, call or use on online resources to help you prepare for Election Day.
Vicky Oakes, Supervisor of Elections
St. Johns Magazine