Get Out and Vote!
months of campaigning, guest opinions and letters to the editor, Election Day
is almost upon us. This Tuesday, March 11th, registered voters on Fort Myers Beach will head to one of three polling
places on the island and cast their vote for three of the following five
candidates: Chuck Bodenhafer, Anita Cereceda, Rexann Hosafros, Joe Kosinski and
Summer Stockton. All registered voters who live within the city limits of Fort Myers Beach
(Estero Island only - between Bowditch Point and Big Carlos Pass) are encouraged to vote. Voter
registration and early voting have closed, so voters will vote at their
assigned precinct: Precinct 82 - Chapel By the Sea, 100 Chapel St; Precinct 127 - St. Peter's
Lutheran Church, 3751 Estero Boulevard or Precinct 81 -
6025 Estero Boulevard. All locations will be open from 7am until 7pm.
we spoke with JoAnn Baumont of the Lee County Board of Elections, and she
explained that folks who cannot locate their voter registration cards need not
fret - a photo ID is all that's needed, and even those who don't have that can
still vote - so long as they are registered and their signature matches the one
the Board has on file.
considered provisional ballots, and the person will need to sign an affidavit
that they are who they say they are,” she said. "As soon as we match it to the
signature we have on file, that vote counts.”
Many of our
readers may recall the last time voters went to the polls on Fort Myers Beach
in 2012, when there were only two places to vote and lines stretched for hours.
Elections Supervisor Sharon Harrington explained that the additional location
at St. Peters
has been reestablished to make it easier for folks to vote this time.
last 10 years, the method of voting in Lee County
gradually shifted from voting on Election Day at a precinct to a trend of
voting by mail ballot or Early Voting,” she said. "For these reasons, we felt
we could accommodate Election Day voters with two precincts and polling place
locations on Fort Myers
Beach, which helped
eliminate some of the costs of having an election. Since it is difficult to
predict how many voters will actually go to their precinct to vote, we have
reestablished the three precincts on Fort
to Baumont, as of March 3rd, 2014, there are 5,145 registered voters on the
island. Of that number, 1,197 are Democrat; 2,526 Republican; 1,105 No Party
Affiliation and 317 are members of a third party such as Libertarian or Green. Since
all Council elections are nonpartisan, candidates do not run with any party
last Council election held on Fort
in 2011, there were 4,970 registered voters, and only 1,313 - or 26.42% - of
them cast a ballot. Dan Andre and Alan Mandel were unopposed in 2013, so there
was no election held as both automatically retained their seats.
many important issues facing this island and its residents, it's very important
that everyone make it to the polls on Tuesday. Remember - whoever gets elected
will help make decisions for this town for the next three years. In small
communities like ours, every vote counts.
your voice is heard on March 11th - vote!
Keri Hendry Weeg