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Mail ballots ‘drop’ Friday

Approximately 140,000 sent out to voters in Lee

October 4, 2018
Pine Island Eagle

Roughly 140,000 Vote-By-Mail ballots were placed in the mail today for the November General Election, with an expected arrival before the end of next week.

Supervisor of Elections Tommy Doyle said the mail-in ballots need to be returned no later than 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6.

"If I was the voter, I would try to return them as quick as possible in case there is a situation with the signature. We want plenty of time to deal with that," he said, adding that the recommendation from the Post Office is mailing them in at least seven to 10 days before Election Day.

With the request of mail-in ballots being made daily, Doyle said they will make several drops before Election Day. If the request is made after today, the ballot will be mailed within two days of the voter's request.

"I'm hoping we reach 150,000 to 160,000 to be mailed out," he said.

The deadline for mail-in ballot requests is Oct. 31.

"If they request that late, they need to drop it off,"?Doyle said.

Drop offs can be made at the branch offices in Bonita Springs and Cape Coral until 3 p.m. on Election Day, until 5 p.m. at the Election Center on South Cleveland Avenue, or until 7 p.m. at the main election office.

Those who still have not registered to vote can do so by Oct. 9, if they want to vote on Nov. 6.

Early Voting for the Nov. 6 election will be held from Oct. 22 through Nov. 3. The sites are the same 10 locations as the Primary Election, which include Cape Coral Elections Office, 1039 SE 9th Avenue, Cape Coral Lee County Library, 921 S.W. 39th Terrace and Northwest Regional Library, 519 Chiquita Boulevard, North.

Doyle said Early Voting will take place for 13 days instead of eight days.

"I think we are going to have a significantly better turnout than we had in the Primary," he said.

Doyle said the ballots are long - two pages front and back.

"The amendments have made it lengthy," he said of the 12 amendments on the ballot.

Those who would like to review the amendments can do so at The amendment guide includes such information as the pros and cons of each and what happens if the vote is yes, or no.

"There is full language on the ballots and what articles and constitution each amendment will affect. These amendments affect more than one article and more than one section," Doyle said.

One of the amendments, Amendment 8, has been stricken off the ballot by the Supreme Court, Doyle said, and will not appear on the ballot.

In addition, Amendments 7, 9 and 10 have by stricken by the Circuit Court and are now being appealed to the state Supreme Court.

"It may be ruled off the ballot by Election Day. The Circuit Court ruled it should be taken off," Doyle said.

He went on to say that they will have notices at all the polling places and voting booths regarding the amendments.

In addition, they will also have notices at the polls regarding April Freeman, the Democratic candidate for Congressional District 17 who passed away. At 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, Doyle said he was notified that a vote cast for April Freeman will count for Allen Ellison.

Visit to request a mail ballot or view your sample ballot.

- Races on the General Election ballot include:

* United States Senator: Rick Scott (Rep) and Bill Nelson (Dem)

* Governor and Lieutenant Governor: Ron DeSantis, Jeanette Nunez (Rep); Andrew Gillum, Chris King (Dem); Darcy G. Richardson, Nancy Argenziano (Ref); Kyle "KC" Gibson, Ellen Wilds (NPA); Ryan Christopher Foley, John Tutton Jr. (NPA) and Bruce Stanley, Ryan Howard McJury (NPA)

* Attorney General: Ashley Moody (Rep); Sean Shaw (Dem) and Jeffrey Marc Siskind

* Chief Financial Officer: Jimmy Patronis (Rep) and Jeremy Ring (Dem)

* Commissioner of Agriculture: Matt Caldwell (Rep) and Nicole "Nikki" Fried (Dem)

* State Attorney 20th Judicial Circuit: Amira Fox (Rep)

* Representative in Congressional District 17 (Only those residing in District 17, which includes North Fort Myers and parts of Lehigh Acres) may vote): Greg Steube (Rep) and April Freeman - Allen Ellison - (Dem)

* Representative in Congressional District 19 (Only those residing in District 19, which includes Cape Coral, Sanibel, Fort Myers Beach and Pine Island) may vote): Francis Rooney (Rep) and David Holden (Dem)

* State Representative District 76 (Only those residing in District 76): Ray Rodrigues (Rep) and David Bogner (Dem)

* State Representative District 77 (Only those residing in District 77, which includes most of Cape Coral): Dan Eagle (Rep) and Alanis Elizabeth Garcia (Dem)

* State Representative District 78 (Only those residing in District 78): Heather Fitzenhagen (Rep) and Parisima Taeb (Dem)

* State Representative District 79 (Only those residing in District 79, whcih includes most of North Fort Myers): Spencer Roach (Rep) and Mark Lipton (Dem)

* School Board Member District 4 (Only voters residing in District 4, mostly Cape Coral, North Fort Myers and Dunbar, regardless of party affiliation): Don Armstrong and Debbie Jordan

* School Board Member District 5 (Only voters residing in District 5, mostly Lehigh Acres, regardless of affiliation): Gwynetta "Gwyn" Gittens and Pam LaRiviere

* School Board Member District 6 (at large, everyone votes): Nicholas Alexander and Betsy Vaughn

* Lehigh Acres Municipal Services Improvement District Seat 2: Julie Camp and David Duane Deetscreek

* Lehigh Acres Municipal Services Improvement District Seat 4: Mike Bonacolta and Julie Hollingsworth

* Fort Myers Beach Fire District Seat 1: Forrest E. Critser; Robert Raymond and Bill Santomas

* Fort Myers Beach Fire District Seat 3: Jacki Liszak and Carol Morris

* Fort Myers Beach Fire District Seat 5: John A. Bennett and Theodore R. Schindler II

* Lehigh Acres Fire District Seat 2: Nettie Caro, Linda Carter and M. Yasin

* Lehigh Acres Fire District Seat 3: Robert Bennett and William Ernest Liedtke

* Lehigh Acres Fire District Seat 5: Charles Edwards, Cia Gomez-Sherman, Richard Alan Swindle and Christopher Waples

* Matlacha/Pine Island Fire District Seat 4: Jamie Brush and John E. Cammick

* North Fort Myers Fire District Seat 3: Dennis A. Agrusti and Tom Mere

* Sanibel Fire District Seat 1: Alfred N. "Mike" Lawrence and Richard P. McCurry

* Sanibel Fire District Seat 2: Andrew S. Barron and Bruce Cochrane

- Amendments: (Amendments 7, 9 and 10 have by stricken by the Circuit Court and is now being appealed to the Supreme Court)

* No. 1 Constitutional Amendment: Increased Homestead Property Tax Exemption

* No. 2 Constitutional Amendment: Limitations on Property Tax Assessments

* No. 3 Constitutional Amendment: Voter Control of Gambling in Florida

* No. 4 Constitutional Amendment: Voting Restoration Amendment

* No. 5 Constitutional Amendment: Supermajority Vote Required to Impose, Authorize, or Raise State Taxes or Fees

* No. 6 Constitutional Revision: Rights of Crime Victims, Judges

* No. 7 Constitutional Revision: First Responder and Military Member Survivor Benefits; Public Colleges and Universities

* No. 9 Constitutional Revision: Prohibits Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling; Prohibits Vaping in Enclosed Indoor Workplaces

* No. 10 Constitutional Revision: State and Local Government Structure and Operation

* No. 11 Constitutional Revision: Property Rights; Removal of Obsolete Provision; Criminal Statues

* No. 12 Constitutional Revision: Lobbying and Abuse of Office by Public Officers

* No. 13 Constitutional Revision: Ends Dog Racing

- Referendums

* County School Board Referendum: (Everyone votes) Levy of one-half cent per dollar sales surtax for educational improvements, equipment and technology (Everyone votes)

* City of Cape Coral Bond Referendum: Cape Coral general obligation bonds for parks, wildlife habitat and shoreline protection and recreational facilities (All Cape Coral voters)

* Lehigh Acres Municipal Services Improvement District Referendum: signage power referendum (Lehigh voters within the district.)



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