City Elections

CITY OF LAKE HELEN

NOTICE OF 2018 MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS

COMMISSIONER ZONE 2
AND COMMISSIONER ZONE 4

Qualifying dates for the 2018 General Election will be from

noon, June 18, 2018 through noon June 22, 2018.

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2018 MUNICIPAL ELECTION DATES

PRIMARY ELECTION          Tuesday, August 28, 2018

GENERAL ELECTION         Tuesday, November 6, 2018
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VOTER REGISTRATION BOOK CLOSING DATES

PRIMARY ELECTION          Monday, July 30, 2018

GENERAL ELECTION         Tuesday, October 9, 2018
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CONTACT: Becky Witte, City Clerk
327 S. Lakeview Dr
Lake Helen, FL 32744
8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Phone  386.228.2121    Fax  386.228.9714
Email: bwitte@lakehelen.com

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General Elections in the City of Lake Helen are held every year on the date established by the Florida Election Code.  In 2018, Commissioner Zone 2 and 4 are up for election*. The date of the next Primary Election will be August 28, 2018 (if needed).    The date of the next General Election is November 6, 2018.

Municipal elections are non-partisan.  The City of Lake Helen City Commissioners and Mayor are elected at-large.  The terms of office for all seats are two (2) years.  There are no term limits.

Election/Voting Zones (updated 04/14/2016)

The current City Commissioners are:
Mayor Daisy Raisler (term ends 2019)
Zone 1 – Commissioner Tom Wilson (term ends 2019)
Zone 2 – Vice Mayor Vernon Burton (term ends 2018)
Zone 3  – Commissioner Michael Woods (term ends 2019)
Zone 4 – Commissioner Jim Connell (term ends 2018)

Canvassing Board – pursuant to State law, the Volusia County Canvassing Board will canvass the returns of any City election that is held coincident with a county, state or federal election.  For information regarding the specifics of the Canvassing Board meetings, please contact the Volusia County Supervisor of Elections (386)736-5930, or visit the Volusia County Supervisor of Elections website.

Running for City Commission:

In order to qualify to run for City Commissioner, candidates must be a qualified elector of the City of Lake Helen and must have or will have resided within the present corporate limits of the City of Lake Helen for at least six (6) months immediately preceding the date of the end of the qualifying period.  Candidates are required to sign both a City and a State of Florida oath, file a State of Florida Appointment of Campaign Treasurer and Designation of Campaign Depository for Candidates (Form DS DE 9), file a Statement of Candidate (Form DS-DE 84), obtain petitions (DS-DE 104), file a Statement of Financial Interests, and pay an election fee as well as a qualifying fee equal to one (1%) of the annual salary of the position sought.

If you are interested in running for the City Commission, it is important that you contact the City Clerk’s office to obtain information about the specific requirements for filing.  State law has very specific requirements with regard to candidates.  For example, candidates must file the State of Florida Appointment of Campaign Treasurer and Designation of Campaign Depository for Candidates (Form DS-DE 9) BEFORE opening a bank account, accepting contributions toward their candidacy, or expending any funds toward their candidacy (including the qualifying fee).  Candidates must file a Statement of Candidate (Form DS-DE 84) within ten (10) days of filing the Form DS-DE 9.  Once these forms are filed, candidates are required to file periodic Campaign Treasurer Reports with the City Clerk’s Office pursuant to the filing schedule prescribed by State law.

The City Clerk shall have qualifying forms available for completion by any candidate who wishes to run for the City Commission.   All qualifying forms and the qualifying fee shall be filed by a candidate at the time and on the dates established by the Florida Election Code of each even-numbered year, unless otherwise set by adoption of a resolution by the City Commission.  Qualifying dates for the 2018 General Election will be from noon, June 18, 2018 through noon June 22, 2018.

Campaign Treasurers ReportsOnce a candidate for the 2018 Election has filed the State of Florida Appointment of Campaign Treasurer and Designation of Campaign Depository for Candidates (Form DS-DE 9), and the Statement of Candidate (Form DS-DE 84), Campaign Treasurer Reports must be filed electronically with the Volusia County Supervisor of Elections Officer as follows:

 

Period Covered Code Due Date
01/01/18 – 01/31/18 2018 M1 02/12/18
02/01/18 – 02/28/18 2018 M2 03/12/18
03/01/18 – 03/31/18 2018 M3 04/10/18
04/01/18 – 04/30/18 2018 M4 05/10/18
05/01/18 – 05/31/18 2018 M5 06/11/18

 

06/01/18 – 06/22/18 2018 P1 06/29/18
06/23/18 – 07/06/18 2018 P2 07/13/18
07/07/18 – 07/20/18 2018 P3 07/27/18
07/21/18 – 07/27/18 2018 P4 08/03/18
07/28/18 – 08/03/18 2018 P5 08/10/18
08/04/18 – 08/10/18 2018 P6 08/17/18
08/11/18 – 08/23/18 2018 P7 08/24/18

 

After June Qualifying TRQ 09/20/18
General Election TRP 11/26/18
Run-off  Election TRG 02/04/19


Logic & Accuracy Tests.  In accordance with Section 101.5612 F.S., the Volusia County Department of Elections will conduct public, pre-election tests of the automatic tabulating equipment which will be used for early voting and at the polls for the City’s Elections.  For information regarding the specifics of the Logic and Accuracy Tests, please contact the Volusia County Supervisor of Elections (386)736-5930, or visit the Volusia County Supervisor of Elections website www.volusiaelections.org.

Voter Information:

Book Closing:  The voter registration books for the August 28, 2018 General Election will close July 30, 2018.  For more specific information regarding Voter Registration and Book Closing, please contact the Volusia County Supervisor of Elections (386)736-5930, or visit the Volusia County Supervisor of Elections website www.volusiaelections.org.

Early Voting:  For more specific information regarding Early Voting, or for a list of Early Voting sites, please contact the Volusia County Supervisor of Elections (386)736-5930, or visit the Volusia County Supervisor of Elections website www.volusiaelections.org.

Pollwatchers – Please be advised that the last day to register poll watchers is 14 days before early voting begins for the General Election.

City Polling Places:  The following are the City of Lake Helen Polling Place: Hopkins Hall, 192 W. Connecticut Avenue, Lake Helen

Voter RegistrationFor information about voter registration and for special requirements for first time voters registering by mail, contact the Volusia County Supervisor of Elections office (736-5930), or visit the Volusia County Supervisor of Elections website www.volusiaelections.org.

Absentee Ballots: Voters who are unable to visit the polls on Election Day may request absentee ballots from the Volusia County Supervisor of Elections (736-5930), or visit the Volusia County Supervisor of Elections website www.volusiaelections.org.

 

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The information contained in this document and other literature is not all-inclusive. If you are running for office, it is your responsibility to become acquainted with relevant Florida election laws and the City of Lake Helen Charter that might have a bearing on your campaign or qualifications to run for office.

 

For further information go to:

Florida Division of Elections – http://election.dos.state.fl.us
Volusia County Elections Office – www.volusiaelections.org
Florida Commission on Ethics – www.ethics.state.fl.us
Florida Department of State – www.dos.state.fl.us  or
http://election.dos.state.fl.us

For more information please contact:

Becky Witte
327 S. Lakeview Drive
PO Box 39
Lake Helen, Florida 32744

Phone: (386) 228-2358
Email: bwitte@lakehelen.com