GENERAL ELECTION INFORMATION:
The next General Election for the City of Punta Gorda will take place on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, and will include City Council seats for Districts 1, 2 and 4. 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.
The qualifying period for the 2018 General Election cycle will begin at noon on Monday, June 18, 2018 and end at noon on Friday, June 22, 2018. Qualifying forms and information will be available in late March or early April.
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 requires a petition signed by at least 25 but not more than 50 registered voters residing within the District the candidate is seeking to represent. Various forms required by the Florida Department of State Division of Elections must also be completed and submitted to the Filing Officer (City Clerk) along with an election assessment equal to 1 percent of the annual salary of the office sought.. (See Candidate Information and Forms page)
Once qualified as a candidate, all Federal, State and Local election laws must be followed.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 vote by mail ballots, please contact the Charlotte County Supervisor of Elections at 226 Taylor Street, (941)833-5400 or visit charlottevotes.com.