In about 41 days, the election of 2020 will be upon us and all of the rhetoric will be behind us and the votes will be being tabulated and with any luck we’ll know who will be holding those offices on the local, county, state and federal levels.
On September 29th, the first of three (3) planned Presidential Debates will be held and aired on national TV.
For the local city election, the fist and maybe only Virtual Marco Island City Council Forum will be held on Wednesday, October 7, at 6 PM. That event will be held between 6 PM and 8 PM that evening and will be televised via the city’s website. It will be hosted by the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce, MICA and the Marco Island Realtors Association.
There are some especially important dates that voters in Collier County should be aware of.
- The deadline to register to vote and have your ballot count in Collier County is October 5th. Should you have questions regarding your voter registration status you should visit the Collier County Supervisor of Elections website, at www.colliervotes.com . You may also call the Supervisor of Elections Office at 239-252-8683 for assistance.
- Early voting begins on Monday, October 19th and ends on Saturday, October 31st. Those locations will be open from 9 AM to 6 PM each day. On Marco Island, the Early Voting location is at the Collier County Library on South Heathwood.
- Should you choose to not go to a Polling Place, you may choose to vote by mail. To do so you must go to the Collier Supervisor of Elections website at www.colliervotes.com or call their office at 239–252-8683. The request to vote by mail must be made by 5 PM on October 24th.
- If you plan on voting on Tuesday, November 3, and are not sure of your Precinct you must go to the Collier Supervisor of Elections website at www.colliervotes.com or call their office at 239–252-8683.
- The Polls on November 3 will be open from 7 AM to 7 PM on that day.
Besides the contests for elected offices, there is one question regarding the retention of a State Supreme Court Justice and four (4) Appeals Court Judges which votes may vote to retain or not. There are also six (6) State Constitutional Amendments listed on the ballot and no additional referendum questions.
In upcoming editions, the Coastal Breeze will provide readers with brief profiles of the five (5) candidates seeking to fill four vacant seats on the Marco Island City Council. Each seat is for a 4–year term.