Important election dates ahead

On every level of government, 2020 will be a momentous year for local voters with major races that could have a significant impact on our county, state and federal governments (along with some municipalities).

Lee Future urges supporters to get involved and get engaged — and work to get out the vote — with these “Save The Dates” reminders as well as information about upcoming primary and general elections.


Election deadlines and data

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

 Presidential Preference Primary Election

  • Federal, Countywide

 Regular Election

  • Town of Fort Myers Beach

 Special Election

  •  City of Bonita Springs
  1. City Council (Districts 2 & 4 only)
  2. Referendums (Citywide)

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

 Primary Election

  • Federal, State, County
  • City of Cape Coral
  • City of Fort Myers

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

 General Election

  • Federal, State, County
  • City of Cape Coral
  • City of Fort Myers

 Regular Election

  • City of Bonita Springs

Name or Party Affiliation Changes

IMPORTANT! Florida is a closed primary state. Party affiliation changes must be submitted 29-days prior to each primary election. For more information, click here.

Name or party affiliation changes cannot be completed by telephone. If you have a Florida Driver’s License or Florida ID Card, you can use Florida Online Voter Registration (OVR) to update your existing voter registration record. If you have neither, you may:

  • Complete and print a Florida Voter Registration Application.  
  • Call the Elections Office at 239-LEE-VOTE (239-533-8683) to have an application mailed to you.
  • Provide a signed, written notice that contains your date of birth or voter registration number.

If completing an application, the application must be signed and can be returned to the Elections Office by mail or in person to any branch office. DO NOT fax an application.

If providing a signed, written notice, the notice can be returned to the Elections Office by mail, fax, or in person to any branch office.

A new Voter Information Card will be sent to you once the change is processed.

Primary Elections

Florida is a closed primary state. The voter registration books close 29-days before a primary election and a voter may not change his or her party affiliation during this time. In a partisan primary election, only voters who are registered members of a political party that will have candidates on the primary election ballot may vote for that party’s candidates in the election.

The Lee County Elections Office will accept a voter registration application when the registrations books are closed for a primary election to update a voter registration record. However, an application for a new registration or a request for a party change that is received during the 29-day period the registration books are closed for the primary election, will not be effective until after the election.

Voters without a party affiliation are not eligible to vote for party candidates in a primary election, except when:

  • All candidates in the same race have the same party affiliation, and the winner will have no opposition in the general election, known as a Universal Primary Contest
  • nonpartisan offices, such as judicial and school board, appear on the primary election ballot
  • other nonpartisan local offices appear on the primary election ballot
  • referendum questions appear on the primary election ballot

General Elections

In a general election, a voter may vote on the candidates and referendums that appear on his or her specific ballot regardless of party affiliation. The Lee County Elections Office will accept a voter registration application, when the voter registrations books are closed for a general election, to update a voter registration record. However, an application for a new registration that is received during the 29-day period the registration books are closed for the general election, will not be effective until after the election.

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