By Dawn Krebs
ST. LUCIE COUNTY - County residents who wish to vote to in the upcoming primary and general elections need to keep a close eye on their mailboxes this week.
The St. Lucie County supervisor of elections office is mailing new voter information cards to all registered voters in the county.
"The cards will show updated precinct information, the new districts for congressional offices and for some people, the new precinct they are now located in," said Gertrude Walker, St. Lucie County supervisor of elections.
This year is important because all cities, counties and state election districts have changed because of populations shifts shown by the 2010 census. The districts have to show an equal number of people in every district.
For example, in February, Fort Pierce officials moved more than 4,000 residents to a new district with its redistricting plan.
In another case, residents who live in the St. Lucie community of Beau Rivage have been given their own precinct to vote from, due to the community's effort to be part of Martin County.
Also, St. Lucie County gets its own house seat for the first time.
In addition to what residents will receive in the mail, Ms. Walker says it's just as important if they don't receive their cards.
"If they don't get a card, we don't have their correct address," she said. "Voters need to be placed in the proper precincts."
If the cards are sent to the wrong address, they will be returned to the supervisor of election's office.
In addition to the new registration cards, every effort will be made to get voters to the right precincts.
"If they go to vote and they go to the old precinct, they will be sent to the new one," Ms. Walker said.
She also said early voting will be available, beginning on Aug. 4, for all registered voters in the county.
"The office will have all the ballots and people can come in and vote from Aug. 4 to Aug. 11," she said.
"We will even be open on Sunday, Aug. 5 for the voters to cast an early vote."
The elections office has a website where voters can verify their information and see the precincts in which they live.
For more information, call the office at (772) 462-1500 or go online to www.slcelections.com.