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Be ready: Early voting resumes, primary Oct. 3
September 21, 2017

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Among the shuffling and shifting of events that has followed in the wake of Hurricane Irma is a rescheduling of both early voting and the date of the Cape Coral City Council Primary Election.

In addition to more time to return mail ballots, Cape Coral voters still will have three additional opportunities to cast a ballot at the polls next week in advance of Election Day, now set for Oct. 3.

The remainder of early voting for both the city of Cape Coral and the city of Fort Myers primaries is now set for Thursday, Sept. 28, Friday, Sept. 29, and Saturday, Sept. 30.

Here in the Cape, there are three races on the Primary ballot, with two others on the General Election ballot only.

That means if you have a particular candidate or candidates in mind in the crowded the mayor's race or for the District 1 and 4 seats, your opportunity to be heard is now.

There are seven candidates seeking the community's vote for mayor. They are Joe Coviello, Derrick Donnell, Rana Erbrick, April Freeman, Michael D. Hollow, Kevin Koch and Daniel James Sheppard III.

Mayor Marni Sawicki is not seeking re-election.

Running in District 1 are James Frederick Foraker, John Gunter and Graham Madison Morris.

Councilmember Jim Burch is not seeking re-election.

Running in District 4 in the Primary Election are incumbent Richard Leon and challengers Jeffrey Alan Jones and Jennifer I. Nelson.

The top two vote getters in each of these races will advance to the General Election in November, which also will feature the District 5 and 6 council seats.

Running in District 5 in the General Election are James Schneider and Dave Stokes.

Councilmember Rana Erbrick resigned her seat to run for mayor.

Running in District 6 are incumbent Rick Williams and challenger John Karcher.

Every registered voter in Cape Coral can vote in every race on the ballot in both the Primary and the General Election: City Council races are non-partisan, and all members are elected citywide although council members must live in the district they represent.

Turnout in city primaries traditionally has been low, with just under 15 percent turning out two years ago.

With mail ballots and the ease they offer gaining popularity, officials are hoping for higher numbers this election cycle.

We are, too.

Low turnout is a shame for both the city and the candidates, all of whom have been working hard to not only get their messages out, but also to urge voters to make their voices heard.

The deadline to request a vote-by-mail ballot for the Oct. 3, Primary Election for the cities of Cape Coral and Fort Myers is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27.

Call (239) LEE-VOTE (533-8683), visit lee.vote/voters/vote-by-mail-request/ or email your request to votebymail@lee.vote .

All vote-by-mail ballots must be returned to the Main Office of the Supervisor of Elections at 2480 Thompson St., 3rd Floor, Fort Myers FL 33901 by 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3.

Early voting hours are from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Sept. 28-30.

Early voters may cast a ballot at any polling location. In Cape Coral, the locations are at the Lee County Elections Cape Coral Branch Office, 1031 S.E. 9th Place Unit 3 and the Cape Coral Library 921 S.W. 39th Terrace.

On Election Day, precinct polling locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

We invite you to vote.

And, if you still have questions about the candidates, we invite you to read.

Our Election 2017 section, which includes all of our "questions of the week" coverage (See pages 10-11A of today's Breeze) may be found online under News at cape-coral-daily-breeze.com .

Look under Election 2017, where you will find candidate answers to a dozen-issue related questions as well as other election-related stories.

Lastly, we thank the candidates who took the time to work for our vote in the Primary and ahead of the General Election.

Win or lose on Oct. 3, your efforts are appreciated.

- Breeze editorial

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