Cut by half and split by the Labor Day holiday, early voting in the Cape Coral city primary begins today.
The polls at the Supervisor of Elections Office at 1031 S.E. 9th Place, No. 3 will be open today from 9 a.m. 5 p.m. and then open Monday through next Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.
Election Day is Sept. 13 and polls throughout the city will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
It's a pivotal election.
Four city council seats are on the ballot and 18 candidates, including three incumbents, are hoping to garner enough votes to advance to the general election in November.
Most are also hoping for a good turnout, something not typically seen in an off-year primary.
Cape primaries, though, are somewhat unique. City council races are non-partisan and are citywide, meaning registered voters can cast a ballot in each race no matter their party affiliation, no matter where they live in the Cape.
The top two vote-getters in each race then advance to the general election.
Running in the primary are:
Pete Brandt (incumbent)
John Carioscia Sr.
Daniel Sheppard III
William Deile (incumbent)
Leonard Nesta Jr.
Wm. "Scott" Morris
Derrick Donnell (incumbent)
Information offered by the candidates abounds - everything from campaign literature and political ads to websites.
Meanwhile, local media, including The Breeze, have provided news coverage throughout the primary both in print and online, where archived stories and web extras may be found.
Inside today's Breeze, readers will find candidate answers to our sixth "question of the week," on page 9A. All Breeze election content, including previous questions and candidate responses, has been consolidated on-line at cape-coral-daily-breeze.com under Election 2011.
We invite you to read. And we urge you to vote. Primary elections do matter. And this one matters more than most.
- Breeze editorial