Municipal Election Process

Municipal Election Process

Lee County, FL (July 27, 2017) All municipal candidate races are nonpartisan races. 

City of Cape Coral

Only those eligible voters residing within the city limit of Cape Coral may vote in the September 12, 2017, Primary Election.

All offices are elected citywide (Mayor and City Council District offices).  If only two candidates qualify for Mayor or a Council district, those candidate’s names are placed on the General Election ballot.  If more than two candidates qualify for Mayor or a Council district, those candidate’s names will be placed on the Primary Election ballot.

The two Primary Election candidates receiving the highest number of votes shall be the candidates in the General Election. This means that even if one candidate receives a majority of the votes cast (more than fifty percent), that candidate must run-off in the General Election against the candidate who received the next highest number of votes in that contest.

The names of unopposed candidates shall not appear on the ballot.  Each unopposed candidate shall be deemed to have voted for him or herself.

Cape Coral – September 12, 2017, Primary Election
Note:  In each contest below, the top two vote-getters will face off in the General Election.

Mayor
District 1
District 4

Districts 5 and 6 will appear on the General Election along ballot with the run-off candidates for Mayor, District 1, and District 4.

City of Fort Myers

Candidates for Mayor are elected citywide. All eligible voters residing within the limits of the City of Fort Myers may vote for Mayor in the September 12, 2017, Primary Election.

Candidates for City Council wards are elected by ward. Only those eligible voters residing within the limits of the ward may vote for candidates of their ward.

If only two candidates qualify for Mayor or a Council ward, those candidate’s names are placed on the General Election ballot.

If three or more candidates qualify for Mayor or a Council ward, those candidate’s names will be placed on the Primary Election ballot. If one candidate in the Primary Election receives the majority of votes cast (more than fifty percent), that candidate is declared elected.

If no candidate receives a majority of the votes, then the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes will be placed on the General Election ballot.

The names of unopposed candidates shall not appear on the ballot. Each unopposed candidate shall be deemed to have voted for him or herself.

Fort Myers – September 12, 2017, Primary Election
Note:  There may be a potential run-off in any of the contests below if a candidate in a contest does not receive a majority of votes cast (more than fifty percent).

Mayor
Ward 3
Ward 5

Ward 1 will appear on the General Election ballot along with any run-off candidates in the contests above.

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