Register to Vote

The Supervisor of Elections office in Bay County is extremely helpful, and wants to assist people in registering to vote. Mark Anderson, Supervisor of Elections in Bay County, Florida, wants everyone who can vote to exercise his or her right to vote.

Remember to register at least 29 day in advance of the election you want to vote in. You can download a copy of the Florida Voter Registration Form by clicking here. After you have filled out the form, you must deliver it in person, or mail it to the Supervisor of Elections Office. The address is included at the bottom of this post.

Remember that you must update your voter registration if any of the following change:

  • change of address
  • name change
  • signature change

You can find additional information, download pamphlets, and research candidates at

Important upcoming dates 2014
Registration Deadline:  28 July 2014
Early Voting: 16 August – 23 August 2014
(Saturday -Saturday 7:00am – 7:00pm)
Election Day: 26 August 2014
(Tuesday 7:00am 7:00pm)

Registration deadline: 06 October 2014
Early Voting: 25 October 2014 – 01 November 2014
(Saturday -Saturday 7:00am – 7:00pm)
Election Day: 04 November 2014
(Tuesday 7:00am 7:00pm)

Bay County Supervisor of Elections – Mark Anderson
830 W. 11th Street
Panama City, Florida 32401

Tel: 850-784-6100
Fax: 850-784-6141


Campaign Teeshirts

Henry Lawrence Campaign TeehirtsHenry Lawrence campaign tee shirts will be available soon, and will be available for a donation of 20$ or more. To order one, please contact Henry Lawrence at the email address below, or visit him at the Fourth of July celebration in historic downtown Panama City, Florida. We’re still taking donations to help Henry in his run to be our representative in Tallahassee.

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Rails-to-Trail project in Lynn Haven, Florida

Clip art from speaking, Lynn Haven, located in Bay County, in the Florida Panhandle, was founded by former Yankee soldiers after the Civil War, so it is quite unusual for the Northwest Florida area. The north/south avenues are all named after states, and the east/west streets are all numbered, but dividing this small town is 4.5 miles of abandoned railroad tracks that belong to the Department of Defense. Very recently, the City of Lynn Haven was given the first opportunity to accept deed to the property, in lieu of $1.7 to $3.5 million at some time in the future.  The money would more than likely come from a developer, and not the City, since that appears to be the condition of the offer.  The property that the 4.5 miles of railroad line connects to was a DOD fuel depot which has been under environmental reclamation for nearly 10 years, hence the slowness of the railroad line having never been developed prior to now.

In 1996, the vision for this rail trail idea was presented to the local Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee for consideration by Wayne Matthews, who at the time was the City of Lynn Haven Planner.  A group formed soon after called the “Lynn Haven Trails Committee,” which started a very sincere and passionate group headed by Neil Lamb, Francis Whitcoff, Henry Lawrence, and several other local citizens.  At the time, Francis was a Lynn Haven City Commissioner, but she was the only elected official that supported the idea.  Many meetings were held, including a workshop at Gulf Coast Community College.  At this meeting, a standing room only crowd shared in presentations where staff from the Florida Office of Greenways and Trails, the Florida Department of Transportation, and the Florida Rails To Trails Conservancy discussed the merits and benefits of the 4.5 mile railroad line being converted into a Rails-to-Trail project.  Unfortunately, the proposed project died due to a City Manager, John Lynch, and Mayor Walter Kelly, who had other plans.

2014 brought a NEW City Manager, Joel Shubert, and a new City Commissioner, Rodney Friend, and an opportunity by DOD to finally get this project rolling again. The Lynn Haven Trails Committee is no longer, but hopefully, a new citizen led group can be reignited with this opportunity on the table. I will do all within my power to help make the Lynn Haven Rail Trail a REALITY!

Henry Lawrence is currently on the Florida Bicycle Association Advisory Board, he was also one of the founders of FBA, and he was FBA Board President from 1997-98.

Originally posted by Henry Lawrence at