With the Aug. 14 primary looming, Lee County voters have a sharp learning curve ahead.
More than 200 candidates will crowd the ballot in hope of garnering their party's place on the general election ballot come November or, in the case of at least one local race, an outright win in August.
One race of particular interest to local voters is the crowded Congressional battle for the seat to be vacated by Connie Mack. Mack is hoping for a victory in the Republican primary for U. S. Senate so as to take on incumbent Bill Nelson, a Democrat, in November. Other primary races of interest include state House seats along new district lines, three of four county commission races, three non-partisan school board heats, and contested Republican primaries for Lee County sheriff, Lee County clerk of court and tax collector.
These are some pretty important races for some very important seats.
We urge those who intend to cast a ballot - and those are not yet sure they will- to become informed.
Watch the local media, such as The Breeze, for notices about candidate forums and debates. Plan to attend a few. Visit candidate web sites and take a minute to read campaign literature. And, of course, check out news stories, both online and in print.
Early voting will run this election cycle from Saturday, Aug. 4, through Saturday, Aug. 11, at the five elections offices throughout Lee County.
In the Cape, the Cape Coral Branch Office is at 1031 S.E. 9th Place, behind the Lee County building. The Main Election Office is at 2480 Thompson St., Third Floor, Fort Myers. Other branch locations include offices in south county, Bonita Springs and Lehigh.
Hours for early voting will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sunday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and registered voters may cast a ballot at any location.
For those who are not yet registered, the deadline to register to vote in the Aug. 14 primary is July 16. For the general election, the books close Oct. 9.
Information opportunities should be ample. We urge voters to take advantage of the abundance.
- Breeze editorial