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Countdown to Aug. 18 primary begins as early voting gets underway in Northwest Florida

Tom McLaughlin
Northwest Florida Daily News

SHALIMAR — Northwest Florida voters will have their first opportunity Saturday to cast in-person ballots ahead of the Aug. 18 primary elections as early voting gets underway.

Several local offices will be filled in this election.

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Okaloosa County residents will elect a school superintendent and school board member as well as two county commissioners. They will also select the Republican candidate in a third county commission race and the person who will face off against Democrat John Plante for the District 4 state House seat, also to be decided in November.

Walton County voters will elect a new property appraiser, two county commissioners, a District 4 School Board representative and two board members for the South Walton Mosquito Control District. They'll also select a Republican candidate to represent the party in November in a third county commission race.  

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Santa Rosa County will know Aug. 18 who its next school superintendent will be. It will also elect one county commissioner and choose Republican candidates in two other commission races. Two school board races are also to be decided.

Residents of Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton counties choosing to take advantage of early voting can do so any day between Aug. 8 and Aug. 15. Each county has a handful of sites available, and all registered voters can cast ballots at any location. 

"On election day you must vote in your designated voting location," the Okaloosa County Supervisor of Elections website reminds visitors.

In Okaloosa County, the County Administration Building in Shalimar, the Crestview Library, the Supervisor of Elections office in Crestview, the Destin Community Center and Niceville City Hall will be open for early voting. Polls will be open from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. every day, including Sunday.

Walton County voters can cast early ballots at the Walton County Courthouse, Freeport City Hall, Faith Assembly Church in Miramar Beach and the Walton County Courthouse Annex in Santa Rosa Beach.

Voting will take place between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. every day but Sunday. On Sunday polls will be open from 1 p.m. until 9 p.m.

In Santa Rosa County early voters can visit the Santa Rosa County Administration Building in Milton, the Pace Community Center, the South Santa Rosa Service Center or the Tiger Point Community Center. Voting will be conducted between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. each day.