Elections and Voting



Qualifying for the November 8, 2016 City Election began on June 20, 2016, and ended on Friday, June 24, 2016, with the following candidates officially qualifying:

District 1: Mr. Jaha Cummings (unopposed)

District 2: Ms. Rachel Keesling (incumbent - unopposed)

District 4: Ms. Lynne Matthews and Mr. Bob Peterson.

The two District 4 candidates will appear on the November 8, 2016 General Election ballot.


The General Election for the City of Punta Gorda will take place on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, and will include several referendum questions.

City Council terms are two years and members are elected at-large. Elections are non-partisan. voting-pin

If more than two candidates seek election for any one District seat, a Primary Election will be held ten weeks prior to the General Election. The two candidates with the most votes from the Primary will advance to the November General Election.  The Primary Election was held on August 30, 2016.

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.

Qualifying began on June 20, 2016, at noon and ended on June 24, 2016 at noon. Qualifying requires a petition signed by at least 25 and not more than 50 registered voters resident within the District the candidate is seeking to represent. Various forms required by the State of Florida must also be completed and submitted to the Qualifying Officer.

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

If you have specific questions regarding qualifying for office, you are encouraged to visit or 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.

Only opposed candidate races for City Council District seats will appear on the ballot. Polling places are established by the Charlotte County Supervisor of Elections and are subject to change. For questions regarding voting, voter registration, precincts, polling places and absentee voting, please contact the Charlotte County Supervisor of Elections at 226 Taylor Street, (941)833-5400 or visit charlottevotes.com.