Jennifer Edwards was a recent guest speaker for the Caxambas Republican Club providing Collier County voter statistics for the upcoming election cycle, starting with the August 2018 primary election.
Jennifer Edwards has been the Supervisor of Elections for Collier County since 2000. Prior to that, she held several key positions during her 13-year tenure with the Collier County manager’s office, including budget analyst, assistant to the county manager and human resources director. Originally from Kentucky, Jennifer has lived in Collier County since 1984. She is married to Ronnie Edwards, and they have two children and three grandchildren.
As Supervisor of Elections, Jennifer administers all elections in Collier County. She assured the crowd that our election results were never in jeopardy. Election results are transmitted via a secure tabulation room that is not connected to the internet. Only six employees within her office have access to that room at all times. They work with county, state and federal officials to ensure the integrity of our elections.
As of April 2, 2018, of the 204,299 total registered voters, 46% are male, 52% are female, and less than 1% are sex unspecified. The majority of voters are white, women, Republican, and over 66 years old. By voter party, 47,776 are registered Democrats, 104,392 are registered Republicans, 52,131 are registered without a party affiliation (NPA), and 897 are with a minor political party.
Because Florida is a closed primary state, voters may only vote within their registered party during the primary election. The winning candidates of the primary election, who see opposition from another party, will then move on to the general election in November.
Dates and Deadlines:
- Registration deadline – July 30, 2018
- Request your Vote-by-Mail ballot by 5 PM on August 22, 2018
- Early Voting – August 18-25 from 10 AM – 6 PM
- Election Day – August 28, 2018 from 7 AM – 7 PM
General Election – November 6, 2018
- Registration Deadline – October 9, 2018
- Request your Vote-by-Mail ballot by 5 PM on October 31, 2018
- Early Voting – October 25, 2018 – November 3, 2018 from 9 AM – 6 PM
- Election Day – November 6, 2018 from 7 AM – 7 PM
For more information or to request your Vote-By-Mail ballot, visit www.colliervotes.com.