Early voting in the City of Orlando starts next Monday, October 28 and runs through the the following Saturday and Sunday. Early voting will take place at the Orange County Supervisor of Elections Office, 119 W. Kaley Street, Orlando, FL 32806.
The hours on Oct. 28 – Nov. 1: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 3: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Here are some other important dates for the city's General Election: Oct. 24 at 10 a.m. - Public test of voting equipment Oct. 26 at 5 p.m. - Deadline to request a Vote-By-Mail ballot Oct. 31 - Last day to make donations to candidates Nov. 5 from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. - ELECTION DAY
All elections are important but this one is crucial for Orlando because voters will either re-elect long-term Mayor Buddy Dyer (first elected in 2003) or select from two other candidates: long-term District 6 Commissioner Sam B. Ings (former police captain who has run against Dyer before and acted as mayor pro-tem a couple of times) and Navy veteran and non-profit consultant Aretha Simons (who announced her candidacy back in 2017.) Ings says it’s time for a new era of leadership and Simons says it’s time for a new voice at City Hall.
City Council seats 2, 4 and 6 are also being voted on, although only Incumbent Antonio “Tony” Ortiz has qualified for his District 2 seat. Candidates for District 4: Incumbent Patty Sheehan and Corey DeVogel (who qualified but withdrew). Candidates for District 6: Bakari Burns, Lawanna Gelzer and Gary Siplin.
Election officials have a friendly reminder also: Even though your residential address says Orlando, FL, you may not live within Orlando city limits. This election for the City of Orlando only. Check your voter registration/eligibility ahead of Election Day: http://www.ocfelections.com
Orlando Community News, 2019