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Supervisor Mark Earley Talks Qualifying Week, Elections In The Age Of COVID-19

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The qualifying period for candidates running for election in Florida’s November elections kicked off Monday. It will end on Friday at noon.

Leon County election supervisor Mark Earley says not much about the qualifying process has changed due to COVID-19, but more candidates took advantage of pre-qualifying.

“We did proactively communicate to all of the filed candidates to let them know that, like every election year, there was the opportunity to pre-qualify, which means to fill out your qualification paperwork at home and send it to us either by mail or as email attachments,” Earley told WFSU.

Earley says the notarization of documents was allowed to be done digitally. The supervisor’s office has implemented sanitizing and social distancing measures in anticipation of the elections, and is asking those who come in to wear a mask.

Earley says he expects to have a full ballot for the August 18 primary. About 43 candidates have filed to run in Leon County.

Ryan Dailey is a reporter/producer for WFSU/Florida Public Radio. After graduating from Florida State University, Ryan went into print journalism working for the Tallahassee Democrat for five years. At the Democrat, he worked as a copy editor, general assignment and K-12 education reporter.