Deadlines for Aug. 18 primary

There’s plenty at stake in the upcoming primary, so plan ahead to make your vote count.

Important deadlines for the upcoming Aug. 18 primary

When do you need to act to vote in the Aug. 18 primary?

  • Monday, July 20: Deadline to change party affiliation or to register to vote
  • Saturday, Aug. 8: Deadline to request a mail ballot for the Aug. 18 primary
  • Tuesday, Aug. 11: Recommended deadline to mail in your ballot if using the postal service.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 18: Vote and deadline to turn in your mail ballot (if you plan to drop it at one of the Elections Offices.

What’s on the ballot?

Primaries for:

  • Primary vote for U.S. House District 19 (both parties)
  • Primary vote for State Legislature (House and Senate)
  • Primary vote for Lee County Commission
  • Primary vote for Lee County constitutional offices (sheriff, property appraiser)
  • Lee County School Board (nonpartisan/by district and countywide)
  • City of Fort Myers (nonpartisan)
  • City of Cape Coral (nonpartisan)
  • Various party offices

NOTE: Florida is a close primary state, meaning you must be a registered member of a political party to vote in its primary. Due to some write-in candidates qualifying for some local offices, a number of primary races were closed to non-party voters even though the primary will almost certainly determine the final winner for that seat.

Active registered voters in Lee County as of July 15, 2020:

Republicans: 198,694
Democrats: 128,094
Others: 139,356
Total: 466,144

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