Monday, December 10, 2018

Know Your Ballot, Cast Your Vote


The General Election on November 6, 2018, is right around the corner. Many voters choose to vote early and avoid the lines, others mail in their ballots, and still some prefer the tradition of going to the polls on Election Day. However you decide to cast your vote, educating yourself on the process and the candidates is always a good idea.

Coastal Breeze News is dedicated to bringing our readers all the facts necessary to make informed voting decisions this General Election. Visit our website, coastalbreezenews.com, to read other informative articles on the General Election, including “Meet the Marco Island City Council Candidates,” “Early Voting,” “Florida’s 2018 Constitutional Amendments: What Your Vote Means,” and “On the Ballot: One Cent Rise in Sales Tax.”

Early Voting

Early voting sites will be open through November 3, from 9 AM to 6 PM, daily including on Sunday, October 28. In order to participate in this election, residents must have registered to vote in Florida by October 9, 2018.

Collier County Early Voting Locations:

  •   Collier County Government Complex – 3311 Tamami Trail, Naples
  •   Everglades City Hall – 102 Copeland Avenue N., Everglades City
  •   Golden Gate Community Center – 4701 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples
  •   Immokalee Community Park – 321 N. First Street, Immokalee
  •   Library Headquarters – 2385 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples
  •   Marco Island Library – 210 S. Heathwood Drive, Marco Island
  •   Norris Center at Cambier Park – 755 8th Avenue S., Naples
  •   North Collier Regional Park – 15000 Livingston Road, Naples
  •   Supervisor of Elections Office – 3750 Enterprise Avenue, Naples

For more information about Early Voting or the General Election, call the Collier County Supervisor of Elections office at 239-252-VOTE (8683) or visit www.colliervotes.com.

Mail-in Ballots

Return your Vote-by-Mail ballot by mail, express, or in person to the Supervisor of Elections office. Voted ballots cannot be accepted at a polling place or an early voting site. Make sure that you affix the appropriate postage.

Voted ballots must be received by the Supervisor of Elections office no later than 7 PM on Election Day, November 6, 2018, to be counted; a postmark does not count.

Voting on Election Day

On Election Day, the polls are open from 7 AM to 7 PM. Registered voters are required to vote at the assigned precinct of his/her legal residence. To locate a precinct visit www.colliervotes.com/Find-My-Precinct or call 239-252-VOTE.

Bring your identification! State law (Florida Statutes Section 101.043) requires a person to bring photo and signature identification when they vote in person. For more information on acceptable forms of voter ID, visit www.colliervotes.com, “ID Requirements” page.

Candidate Information

Information about candidates running for office in the 2018 Election Cycle may be found at the Collier County Supervisor of Elections website. There you will find information regarding financial reports, contact information for the candidate and their statement, which is supplied by the candidate. Visit www.colliervotes.com/Candidates/Candidate-Committee-Party-Reports.

Judges

The Florida Bar’s Vote’s in Your Court page (www.floridabar.org/public/faircts/votes010/) is a resource for voters regarding judges and judicial elections. It includes the “Guide for Florida Voters,” a nonpartisan brochure about the courts, the role of judges and the merit retention process. This page also includes biographies of the jurists in merit retention elections and results of The Florida Bar’s merit retention poll of in-state members. It links to statements submitted by trial court judicial candidates, and includes additional voter resources.

A poll of Florida Bar members regarding the merit retention election of one state Supreme Court justice and 17 appellate court judges indicates support for all to be retained. The confidential poll seeks to find whether attorneys who know the most about these jurists believe they should continue in their jobs. The retention election is on the ballot in the General Election.

Results of the Second District Court of Appeal, Florida Bar poll indicates support for retention of Anthony K. Black (90 percent), Darryl C. Casanueva (90 percent), Edward C. LaRose (90 percent) and Susan H. Rothstein-Youakim (86 percent).

Supreme Court Judicial Retention: Justice Alan Lawson for the Florida Supreme Court, poll results indicate support for retention of Alan Lawson by 87 percent.

In addition to the merit retention poll results, The Florida Bar has additional resources for educating voters on “The Vote’s in Your Court” web page, including bios of all the appellate judges on the ballot; and Judicial Candidate Self-Disclosure Statements, which allow trial court judges to put their qualifications and statements about why they want to serve as judges on The Florida Bar website.

Collier County Mosquito Control

The Collier Mosquito Control District (CMCD) is an Independent Special District of the State of Florida with a board of five commissioners who are elected for non-partisan “seats” to serve four-year terms. Its mission is to suppress mosquito populations using the safest and most economical means available. Monthly public meetings are conducted by the Board of Commissioners.

Candidates for Commissioner on the general Election Ballot are, District 1: Victor Dotres, John Johnson, Dennis G.E. Sanders (for one seat); and District 2: Sandra Lee Buxton and John E. Shuey (for one seat). The pay is $4,800 per year pursuant to Florida Statute.

Learn more about the candidates by reading the candidates’ statements and financial reports, which may be found at colliervotes.com, in the “Candidates” section. Information about the Collier Mosquito Control District may be found at the CMCD website, www.cmcd.org.

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