Elections Chief, Buddy Johnson speaks on voting plans at Lutz Civic Association Meeting

By Tiffany B. Talley

 Lutz is making major improvements in its voting technology in anticipation of the upcoming January primary. 

The Lutz Civic Association held its October meeting this past Thursday at the Lutz Community Center. Supervisor of Elections, Buddy Johnson provided an update on changes in the voting machines and plans for January presidential preference primary and referendum election.  

January’s preference primary allows for each state to nominate a candidate. The nomination may or may not have influence on the election. 

“Confidence in the voting system is the oil and engine of democracy. It keeps everything running smoothly,” said Johnson in his opening statements.  Johnson reported that January’s primary and property tax amendment ballot would be carried out using the touch screen system.  

January’s primary also presents additional voting options including absentee ballot and ballot on demand. Ballot on demand allows for a voter to present a driver’s license at a precinct and vote on a printed ballot. 

 The voting system would then transition to paper ballots for the November 2008 election.  

Johnson also reported that a law has been passed effective January 1, 2008 allowing for minors to pre-register to vote. Minors would pre-register to vote at the time a driver’s license is issued. Voter registration applications may be completed without parental consent.At age of 18, voter identification cards would be mailed to the applicant. 

 “618 minors have already pre-registered to vote. It’s a great way to get the youth involved,” said Johnson. 

Lutz voting precinct information is not available. New possible locations for voting will be determined at a later date.  

The Lutz Civic Association will be hosting its “Market in the Park; Taste of Lutz” on Saturday, November 10, 2007. 8:00am-2:00pm.


5 Responses to “Elections Chief, Buddy Johnson speaks on voting plans at Lutz Civic Association Meeting”

  1. Peter Says:

    Buddy Johnson has got to go: lost votes, disgruntled workers that end up costing us money through his absurd severence packages, moving polling places, shaddy deals with him living in sarasota (outside of hillsborough). Why is even running again? I have no faith in his ability to correctly and accuratly count the votes. Can I be more clear? He sucks!

  2. Aaron Says:

    Nice oil and engine quote by Johnson.

  3. usfadvancedreporting Says:

    I agree about the 618, it looks awkwad, but I don’t think there is any rule against it.

  4. usfadvancedreporting Says:

    I dont know the rule for quotes, but generally you want to avoid starting a sentence with numbers, like in “618 minors”

    good story all around though

  5. Priscilla Says:

    Watch out for editorial errors because it kills our stories.

    Nice story.

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