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Something for everyone on the Primary ballot

August 24, 2018
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

It's down to the wire for this year's Primary Election.

Early voting wraps up today and Saturday and election day dawns at 7 a.m. Tuesday at precincts throughout Lee County.

As is typical of primary elections - even those in "even years" - turnout is predicted to be low.

Very low.

With mail ballots and early voting now the preferred choice of most voters, turnout as of Thursday afternoon was slightly less than 17 percent of Lee County's 436,915 registered voters.

Why so small?

Some voters believe primary elections don't really matter and wait for the "real" election in November.

Others think they can't cast a ballot.

Both beliefs are inaccurate, especially here in Lee County this go around, with multiple races actually to be determined Tuesday.

For all registered voters, regardless of party affiliation, there are four school board races on the ballot with Cape voters able to cast ballots in two - the at-large District 6 race and either the District 1 or District 4 race. The race for District 1, between incumbent Mary Fischer and challenger Charles B. Dailey, will be decided Tuesday.

Also to be decided Tuesday are two non-partisan, everyone-votes judicial races, one for Circuit Judge 20th Judicial Circuit Group 8 between James Wesley Chandler and John Owen McGowan, and the County Judge Group 7 race between Maria E. Gonzalez and David McElrath.

For registered Republicans and Democrats, races start at the top with gubernatorial primaries for each as well as primaries for Attorney General, Commissioner of Agriculture and select federal and state office district races.

Registered Democrats living in Cape Coral have a primary for the District 19 congressional seat held by Republican Francis Rooney. David Holden faces Todd James Truax for the party nomination.

For registered Republican voters only, a key race - a key race, indeed - will actually be determined Tuesday. The Republican primary race for State Attorney 20th Judicial Circuit between Chris Crowley and Amira Fox is pretty much a defacto win for the top vote-getter as the candidate that takes the Aug. 28 primary faces only a write-in come November.

If these races matter to you - and yes, we think they should - we urge you to cast a ballot.

You can still vote early today and Saturday at 10 locations throughout Lee County, including three here in the Cape. Voters may pick the most convenient site and cast a ballot anytime between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m either day.

For those with vote-by-mail ballots, the Bonita Springs and Cape Coral branch offices will accept mail ballots until 3 p.m., Election Day. The Cape Coral Branch is at 1039 S.E. 9th Ave.

The Elections Center, at 13180 S. Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers, will accept vote-by-mail ballots until 5 p.m. Election Day.

Vote-by-mail ballots, hand-delivered to the Main Office, must be delivered before 7 p.m. The Elections Office will have a staff member in the lobby to accept ballots that are hand-delivered before the deadline.

Voters should note: Vote-by-mail ballots cannot be delivered to polling locations. Voters can, however, surrender their mail ballot there and vote in person if they wish.

For those waiting until election day to vote, precinct locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 28, at locations throughout Lee County.

For more information on early voting, to find your precinct, for a sample ballot or to check your voter registration status, visit .

Breeze election coverage, including more information on the school board races, may be found on our website, , or visit the candidates' various Facebook or web pages. (Just Google their names.)

- Breeze editorial



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