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Primary Election postponed due to Irma

By Staff | Sep 7, 2017

The municipal Primary Election on Tuesday, Sept. 12, in Cape Coral and Fort Myers in Lee County was officially postponed until Sept. 26, by executive order of Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday.

Florida is under a state of emergency as declared by Scott earlier this week due to the threat of impact from Category 5 Hurricane Irma expected to arrive this weekend. Municipal elections scheduled in Levy and Miami-Dade counties on Tuesday also were postponed by the governor.

“We suspended early voting until further notice so we can get the equipment secured for the storm,” Lee County Supervisor of Elections Tommy Doyle said Wednesday. “City managers in both Cape Coral and Fort Myers agree with postponing the Primary.”

Resuming early voting before the rescheduled date for the Primary of Tuesday, Sept. 26, is up to the cities.

“Cape Coral indicated they would like three more days,” Doyle said.

In response to a request from Scott, President Donald Trump declared a pre-landfall state of emergency for Florida in preparation for Irma as well.

Scott indicated the postponement is warranted because storm conditions in these areas may make it unsafe for voters to travel to polling locations during this period and a number of county and municipal officials and employees would be involved in conducting election activities, diverting their attention away from local emergency management responsibilities.