Manatee Election Day is here
What: Registered voters in Manatee County vote today on two referendum issues.
Whether to approve a half-cent tax to raise $23 million to pay for county health care programs, including services for the indigent. If residents vote to approve the tax hike, from 6.5 percent to 7 percent, the county projects it will raise $23 million to pay for county health care programs, including services for the indigent. The county now pays for it with a health care fund set to run out in 2015 and property taxes.
Whether to grant county commissioners the authority to grant property tax exemptions to new and expanding businesses.
Where: All Manatee county precincts will be open.
When: Polls open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Absentee ballots: All absentee ballots should be returned to the supervisor of elections office before 7 p.m. Tuesday.Elections deputy: Bobby Edington. Supervisor of elections: Michael Bennett.
What's new: "Voting on demand" system. The new machines print out a ballot unique to each voter when identification is swiped at the check-in counter. Bennett said it has proven efficient and accurate.
Information: 941-741-3823, or visit votemanatee.com.