Voter books close Monday for Oct. 8 election

Voter registration books close Sept. 9 for the upcoming special election to decide whether Santa Rosa County will add an additional half cent of sales tax.

Santa Rosa County Supervisor of Elections Tappie A. Villane reminds citizens to register to vote before book closing Monday, Sept. 9, at 5 p.m. It is the last day to register to vote for the special election to be held Oct. 8.

Florida law mandates registration books close 29 days before an election. New registrations must be completed on or before the end of the business day on Sept. 9 to be effective for the Oct. 8 election.

The special election ballot will feature a proposed full cent sales tax for 10 years. This would replace the county’s existing half cent sales tax set to sunset in 2021.

Additionally, voters registered to address on Navarre Beach will be asked to vote on the creation of a special fire district, allowing the current private fire company to become an independent special fire district under state law.

Voters within the city of Gulf Breeze will also have two issues to vote on regarding deletion of outdated language from the city’s charter.

A sample ballot is available at by clicking “Special Election Sample Ballot” on the home page.

The main office, located at 6495 Caroline Street in Milton, will be open regular business hours, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for registration. The South Service Center, located at 5841 Gulf Breeze Parkway in Gulf Breeze, will be open regular business hours for registration as well. Both offices will be open on Monday, Sept. 9 until 5 p.m.
Address changes can be made after the books close. If voters are unsure of their registration status, visit and click on “My Status.”

There is no early voting for this election.

Questions regarding voter registration can be directed to the Santa Rosa County Elections Office at (850) 983-1900.

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