Polling place changes, bus rides and start of early voting in Collier for Election 2022

Bill Smith
Naples Daily News

Voters in Collier County will see some things that are a bit different at the polls this year.

Besides casting ballots in elections for Florida governor, Florida Cabinet and U.S. House and U.S. Senate, voters also will make choices for state House and Senate, school board, county commission and Marco Island City Council.

Election Day is Nov. 8. Early in-person voting begins Oct. 27 and ends Nov. 5. Go to colliervotes.gov for more information.

Election 2022:See results from Collier County voting

Here is a list of some changes:

Encouraging voting

Election officials say they hope making it easier to get to the polls will enable more people to vote.

For the last day of early voting, Collier Area Transit will help get people who want to participate in early voting the opportunity to make their votes known. On Nov. 5 there will be no fare for using public transportation and to get to and from the polls countywide.

Both fixed-route and paratransit service will be available for early voting. CAT Connect, the agency's paratransit service, will schedule a ride to the polls on 24 hours notice. CAT Connect is a door-to-door shared service.

Some polling site changes

Hurricane Ian is forcing a couple of polling sites to move after being closed due to damage from the storm.

Voters who cast ballots at Precinct 142, Isles of Capri Community Center will instead be voting at Marco Presbyterian Church.

Another change will be made in Naples, where voters in Precinct 462, St. John's Episcopal Church, 500 Park Shore Drive, will be voting at Moorings Presbyterian Church at 791 Harbour Drive. 

Early voting, mail balloting popular

Voting on Election Day continues its steady decline, and for several years vote by mail has been popular. The coronavirus pandemic shifted more people to voting by mail in the 2020 election cycle.

How they do it varies from year to year, but more people are taking advantage of the non-traditional ways of making their choices in elections. 

"Since 2012, there has been a direction where vote by mail and early voting have gone back and forth when it comes to popularity in each election," said Trish Robertson, spokeswoman for the Collier elections office. "Election Day continues to decline."

Voters in Collier County headed to their polling precinct at North Collier Regional Park to cast ballots in local and statewide primary and nonpartisan races Tuesday, August 23, 2022 during Election Day in Florida.

Results: Early flash then, maybe, waiting

Voting itself is to pick our leaders for the next term, so there is intense interest in how the election turned out. Mass media will make it clear who the winners are on the national and statewide stages, but for local results, residents look to the local vote count.

First returns will be out at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8, taking into account ballots that have been cast through vote-by-mail and early voting.

Additional precinct totals will be announced about every 20 minutes to 40 minutes until result of all means of voting have been tabulated, elections officials say.