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Election Calendar

Filing Deadlines

For the May 2, 2017 May Consolidated Election

  • January 24, 2017 by 4:00 p.m. –File petitions to place county and local question(s) on ballot
  • February 7, 2017 –Proposed proposal language approved by City Commission

For the November 7, 2017 Municipal Election

  • No petition for City Commission or Mayor shall be circulated before May 26, 2017
  • July 25, 2017 by 4:00 p.m. -Nomination petitions and Affidavit of Identity due for City Commission and Mayor candidates
    • July 28, 2017 by 4:00 p.m. -Last day for a candidate to withdraw
  • August 1, 2017 by 4:00 p.m. –File petitions to place question(s) on ballot
  • August 15, 2017 by 4:00 p.m. - Proposed proposal language approved by City Commission

Election Dates 

Election Consolidation Laws went into effect in 2005, establishing four potential election dates each year. Those dates are the fourth Tuesday in February and the second Tuesday after the first Monday in May, August, and November. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Election dates for 2017 are:

  • Tuesday, May 2, 2017 May Consolidated Election
  • Tuesday, November 7, 2017 City Municipal Election

Registration Deadlines

One can register at any time but in order to be eligible for an election, registration must be completed at least 30 days prior to the election. The registration deadlines for the 2017 elections are:

  • Monday, April 3, 2017 for the May 2, 2017 May Consolidated Election
  • Tuesday, October 10, 2017 for the November 7, 2017 City Municipal Election

Absentee Ballot Deadlines

An absentee ballot may be requested 75 days prior to an election. Ballots may be requested by mail up until 2 p.m. on the Saturday prior to an election. Please note, that is rarely enough time to complete the process. Request your ballot as soon as possible.

The last day to obtain an absentee ballot in the office is the Monday prior by 4 p.m. The ballot must be voted in the office and returned. All ballots must be returned by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day to be counted.

Absentee ballot deadlines for the scheduled 2017 elections are:

 2017 Elections   Last Day to Request by Mail - 2 p.m.  Last Day to Vote in the Office - 4 p.m.  Last Day to Return for Counting - 8 p.m.
 May 2 April 29  May 1  May 2
November 7  November 4 November 6  November 7