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Elections Office: Check out the 2018 Election Guide

By Staff | Mar 22, 2018

If you have received your elections guide from the Lee County Elections Office, officials there urge you to open it up – it’s loaded with information on how to vote, where to vote, and the deadlines for the upcoming primary and general elections.

The office began mailing the 2018 Official Election Notice and Guide to every household in Lee County on March 10.

Unlike in years past, the guide will be placed in every mailbox, not just those of specific voters who chose to receive one.

The reason?

“Our mission is to deliver superior election services to the voters of Lee County,” Lee County Supervisor of Elections Tommy Doyle says right on the second page.

“I feel a mailing service is more direct than a radio, television or newspaper advertisement,” Doyle said.

The guide is intended to provide all information relating to the elections to appear on Lee County ballots in 2018.

A vote-by-mail ballot request form is also included in the guide, an easier voting option for those who may have not had the opportunity to do so in the past. This gives people who are not able to make it to the polls the chance to have their vote tallied as well.

“We are getting lots of positive feedback with the vote-by-mail request forms,” Doyle said.

The Supervisor of Elections Office is encouraging voters to vote by mail because of the expected length of this year’s ballot.

Although it is mailing the 2018 guide to all residents, the broader distribution actually will save the county money, Doyle said.

“We are saving three times the amount it would normally cost to send out these guides each year,” he said when asked about the cost. “Before, we would just send them to specific voters who requested them, and it would cost us postage if they were to be returned, and a lot of them were. These are not returned, they go to every household and it’s new information to all residents of Lee County.”

One of the major issues on the ballot will be the “Change for Change” half-cent sales tax referendum. This is a 10-year tax proposal from the Lee County School Board, which says it needs the money to build new schools, renovate old schools, improve technology in schools, and improve security measures on school campuses.

The Lee County School Board has stated that an average family of four with an average income of $50,000 will pay $64 a year for the half penny initiative. Officials hope to obtain 30 percent of the new revenue – estimated to be about $59 million per year – from tourists.

This is also a Constitutional Revision year in the state of Florida, something that only happens once every two decades.

The Constitutional Revision Commission is made up of 37 appointees who are in the process of evaluating issues in the Florida Constitution that they – and the public via a series of open hearings- deem need revision.

The number of proposed constitutional amendments has not yet been determined.

If you are not registered to vote, or not sure of your status, the election guide will provide all of the information you need to get registered and approved to vote in Florida.

For those interested in becoming a poll worker, now is the time to contact the Elections Office.

“We’re always looking for poll workers to come down and help us during voting season. We are grateful to all that commit their time to us, and if that’s something people are interested in doing, we have information in our guide on how you can sign up to become a poll worker,” Doyle said.

More information may be found online at lee.vote .