Early voting for the city of Cape Coral General Election opens Monday, Oct. 28, and continues through Saturday, Nov. 2. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 5.
It's a key election as it will decide four of council's eight seats, including the mayor's.
If you want to have a voice on such things as taxes, regulations and what projects should be funded, now is the time to make your voice heard.
Culled from a field of six in the primary, there are two candidates seeking the community's vote for mayor. They are Marni Lin Sawicki and incumbent John J. Sullivan.
Running in District 1 are James "Jim" Burch and David R. Headd, who emerged from a four-way primary battle.
Running in District 4 in the General Election are incumbent Chris N. Chulakes-Leetz and challenger Richard Leon.
Running in District 6 are incumbent Kevin M. McGrail and Rick Williams.
Every registered voter can vote in every race on the ballot: City Council races are non-partisan, and all members are elected citywide although council members must live in the district they represent.
All Cape voters have ample opportunity to cast a ballot with six days of early voting, citywide polling on Election Day, and, of course, the mail-in ballot option that is continuing to become more popular.
Unfortunately, casting a ballot has not.
Turnout in the August primary was abysmal - less than 8 percent. Turnout two years ago in the General Election wasn't much more - just over 11 percent.
That's 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.
Early voting hours are from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday at the office in Cape Coral or at the Constitutional Complex at 2480 Thompson St. in Fort Myers on the 3rd floor.
On Tuesday, 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 2013 section, which includes all of our "questions of the week" coverage (See page 8A of today's paper) may be found on-line under news at cape-coral-daily-breeze.com .
Lastly, we thank the candidates who took the time to work for our vote.
It's tough to step forward - and it's harder to persevere on the long and often grueling campaign trail. Your efforts are appreciated.