The ballot is set.
Qualifying for state and local races – including state House and Collier Board of County Commissioners – ended at noon on June 12. The weeklong qualifying period set the candidates for August and November.
Collier County voters will cast their ballots in several competitive races this year. Voters in Collier County Commission District 1 will have the opportunity to pick a new commissioner for the first time in more than a decade, after Commissioner Donna Fiala announced her retirement. Over in Commission District 5, Commissioner Bill McDaniel faces a primary challenge before facing off with a Democrat in November.
Look for the race to replace Rep. Byron Donalds in the Florida House to heat up, with three Republicans and one Democrat vying for the House District 80 seat.
Here’s a breakdown of what to expect when you head to the ballot box this year:
Florida is a closed primary state, which means only registered Democrats and Republicans can vote in their party’s primary. Several races on the ballot, such as the Clerk of Courts race, are considered “open” primaries, because no member of an opposing party or with no party affiliation qualified to run.
The deadline to register to vote is July 20 in the August primary election. Collier residents can visit www.CollierVotes.com for more information on how to update your voter information, including changing your party affiliation, or to request a vote-by-mail ballot.