City Elections

City of Lake Helen Notice
of Municipal Elections


2019 Municipal Election Dates

PRIMARY ELECTION          Tuesday, August 27, 2019
GENERAL ELECTION         Tuesday, November 5, 2019


Voter Registration Book Closing Dates

 PRIMARY ELECTION        Monday, July 29, 2019
GENERAL ELECTION       Tuesday, October 8, 2019


CONTACT: Becky Witte, City Administrator
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


General Elections in the City of Lake Helen are held every year on the date established by the Florida Election Code. The date of the next Primary Election will be August 27, 2019 (if needed). The date of the next General Election is November 5, 2019.

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.

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 2020)
Zone 3 – Commissioner Rick Basso (term ends 2019)
Zone 4 – Commissioner Jim Connell (term ends 2020)

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 2019 General Election will be from noon, June 17, 2019 through noon June 21, 2019.

Campaign Treasurers ReportsOnce a candidate for the 2019 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:

TBD

Period Covered Code Due Date
After June Qualifying TRQ
General Election TRP
Run-Off Election

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 27, 2019 General Election will close July 29, 2019.  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:  

  • 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.


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 (City Administrator) 386-228-2358
or Lauren Cowles (Deputy City Clerk) 386-228-2493
327 S. Lakeview Drive
PO Box 39
Lake Helen, Florida 32744

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