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GENERAL ELECTION INFORMATION

The next General Election for the City of Punta Gorda will take place on Tuesday, November 5, 2019, and will include the City Council District 3 seat.  City Council terms are two years and members are elected at-large.  Elections are nonpartisan.  Only opposed candidate races for City Council seats will appear on the ballot.  Candidates are sworn in at the first City Council meeting following the General Election date.

Qualified candidates must reside within their District six months prior to the election and throughout the term, must be a qualified elector of the City and shall hold no other compensated public office other than notary public or member of the National Guard or armed forces reserve.

Once qualified as a candidate, all Federal, State and Local election laws must be followed.

To obtain copies of Candidates' Campaign Treasurer's Reports contact the City Clerk at (941) 575-3369 during office hours (8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) or email pgclerk@pgorda.us.

 

VOTER TURNOUT

Visit the Charlotte County Supervisor of Elections' website to view the most recent voter turnout statistics.

 

SAMPLE BALLOT

 Sample Ballot for Website 2019

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND DATES

For questions regarding voting, voter registration, precincts and polling locations, to request a Vote by Mail ballot or find out the status of your Vote by Mail ballot, please contact the Charlotte County Supervisor of Elections at 226 Taylor Street, (941)833-5400 or visit the Supervisor of Elections' website. You may also request a Vote-By-Mail ballot online through the Supervisor of Elections Office.  Over-the-counter ballots will be available at the City of Punta Gorda Office of the City Clerk, 326 West Marion Avenue between Monday, October 7, 2019 through Monday, November 4, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. See below for more important dates.

Vote-By-Mail Ballots:  Mailed Thursday, September 26, 2019
Voter Registration Books Close: Monday, October 7, 2019
Over-the-Counter Ballots Available in City Clerk's Office: October 7, 2019 to November 4, 2019
Testing of Tabulating Equipment: October 25, 2019
Last Day to Request Vote-By-Mail Ballot: Saturday, October 26, 2019 by 4:30 p.m.
First Day for Designees to Pick Up Ballots: Sunday, October 27, 2019
Canvassing Board Meets to Begin Canvass of Vote-By-Mail Ballots: October 31, 2019
General Election Polls Open: Tuesday, November 5, 2019 7AM to 7PM

Ballot Pick-Up by Designee

The "Affidavit To Pick-Up Vote-By-Mail Ballot For A Voter", which is available in English and Spanish, is required in order for a designee to be issued a voter's ballot. The voter must provide written authorization to the designee, either by completing the portion of the affidavit titled "Voter's Written Authorization for Designee" or by writing a letter which includes the voter's printed name, the voter's date of birth, the voter's address and the voter's signature as well as the name of the designee authorized to pick up the voter's ballot. The letter must also specify that the ballot being requested is for the 2019 City General Election.

Other than their own ballot, designees may pick up ballots for their immediate family, which is defined as a designee's parents, children, grandparents, siblings, or spouse. They may also pick up ballots for up to two other individuals outside of their immediate family.

On Election Day, designees cannot be issued a Vote-By-Mail ballot except in the case that an emergency prevents the voter from going to his or her assigned polling place. In such a case, the "Election Day Vote-By-Mail Ballot Delivery Affidavit", which is also available in English and Spanish, is required in addition to the "Affidavit To Pick-Up Vote-By-Mail Ballot For A Voter".

 

PUBLIC NOTICE

 

Public Notice
City of Punta Gorda, Florida
FL Statutes: 101.5612, 101.68, 101.572, 102.141
Punta Gorda City Election, November 5, 2019

 

The Canvassing Board for the City of Punta Gorda will convene pursuant to Florida Statute 101.5612, Testing of Tabulating Equipment. The equipment which will be used for the 2019 General Election will be tested on Friday, October 25th, 2019 at 9:00 AM, beginning at the Charlotte County Supervisor of Elections Warehouse, 25510 Airport Road, Punta Gorda, and from there will continue at the office of the Supervisor of Elections, 226 Taylor Street in Punta Gorda. The election will be held on November 5th, 2019.

The Canvassing Board for the City of Punta Gorda will convene pursuant to Florida Statutes 101.68, at the Supervisor of Election’s Office, 226 Taylor Street, Punta Gorda, Thursday, October 31st, November 1st, November 4th,    and November 5th, 2019 beginning at 9:00 am to canvass the Vote By Mail ballots for the Punta Gorda General Election. The Canvassing Board will meet on November 7th, 2019 at 5:00 pm to canvass Provisional Ballots, file the 1st Unofficial Results, Official Results, Conduct of Elections and randomly select the race and precinct in preparation of the audit. On November 12th, 2019, at 9:00 am, the Canvassing Board will conduct the Audit.

In accordance with the Sunshine Law of Florida, the above meetings will be open to the public.

NOTE:  Section 286.0105, Florida Statutes, states that if a person decides to appeal any decision by a board, agency, or commission with respect to any matter considered at such meeting or hearing, he or she will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he or she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. 

Karen Smith
City Clerk
City of Punta Gorda

 

PRECINCTS AND ASSIGNED POLLING LOCATIONS

Polling locations and precincts are established by the Charlotte County Supervisor of Elections and are subject to change. Recently, the Supervisor of Elections revised precincts which were split between the County and the City by adding a decimal to denote the portion of the precinct which resides within City limits. New voter information cards will be mailed to all those affected.

District 1

Polling Location Reporting Precincts
Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center
75 Taylor Street, Punta Gorda, FL 33950 
 3.1, 4, 19.1
South County Regional Park
670 Cooper Street, Punta Gorda, FL 33950
 60.1, 66.1

 

District 2

Polling Location 
Reporting Precincts
Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center
75 Taylor Street, Punta Gorda, FL 33950
19.2, 28
Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association
2001 Shreve Street, Punta Gorda, FL 33950
35.1
Congregational United Church of Christ
1201 Aqui Esta Drive, Punta Gorda, FL 33950 
 64

 

District 3

Polling Location 
Reporting Precincts
Isles Yacht Club 
1780 West Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda, Florida, 33950
34, 41

 

District 4

Polling Locations
Reporting Precincts
Isles Yacht Club
1780 West Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda, Florida, 33950
41.1
Congregational United Church of Christ
1201 Aqui Esta Drive, Punta Gorda, FL 33950
64.1 

 

District 5

Polling Locations
Reporting Precincts
Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association
2001 Shreve Street, Punta Gorda, FL 33950
29.1
South Punta Gorda Heights Civic Center
11200 1st Avenue, Punta Gorda, FL 33955
42.1

 

OTHER INFORMATION

Additional information can be found on the Candidate Information and Forms Page or by contacting the City Clerk's Office.