Who is Running for Office Representing Florida in 2018?

Posted By: Robert Griffiths Advocacy News ,

WHAT IS THE PRIMARY ELECTION? The 2018 Primary Election is held 10 weeks before the General Election. In the Primary Election, voters registered with one of Florida’s political parties express their preference for the candidates they would like to see representing their party on the General Election ballot on November 6th. In addition, all voters, regardless of party affiliation, may vote in nonpartisan races on the ballot (such as school boards).

WHEN IS THE PRIMARY ELECTION? Florida’s Primary Election is August 28, 2018. Eligible voters can vote by mail, vote during early voting or vote at the polls on Election Day.

WHO CAN VOTE IN THE PRIMARY ELECTION? Florida is a closed primary state. Only voters who are registered members of political parties may vote for respective candidates for an office in a primary election. However, there are times when all registered voters can vote in a primary election, regardless of which political party they are registered with or even if they are registered without party affiliation.

WHEN IS THE DEADLINE TO REGISTER TO VOTE IN THE PRIMARY ELECTION? The registration deadline for the 2018 Primary Election is Tuesday, July 30, 2018. Voter registration applications submitted electronically by July 30 through RegistertoVoteFlorida.gov and voter registration applications sent by mail that are post marked by July 30 will be accepted.

WHAT SHOULD I DO FIRST? If you haven’t registered to vote, do it now! You can sign up on-line at www. registertovoteFlorida.gov. You can contact the office of the Supervisor of Elections for the county where you live if you don’t want to register on-line. Next, learn all you can about the candidates who are running for office in your area. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, call their district office or send them e-mails. If you would like to arrange a meeting with a candidate or join other BAAA members who may visiting with candidates, you can call th BAAA office to see if there are any visits on the schedule. Unless you invest the time to know more about the choices that are out there, you will never be able to make a decision based on your preferences about how the candidates vision for your future aligns with your sense of value and what you expect from the candidate if they are elected.

Ask questions, gather information, check out past successes, not just social media hype. Then, on election day vote for the person you feel will do a good job representing you.

Listed below are some of the offices that will be voted on at the November 6th general election. The more you know about our elected officials, the better prepared you will be to support or oppose decisions that are sometimes made in haste that end up creating more problems than the solutions that were meant to resolve the issue in the first place. If you don’t understand the issue, don’t stop asking Why? until you do understand and can support or reject the proposed legislation based on your own thinking.

Offices Up for Election and Retention in 2018
FEDERAL OFFICES

U.S. Senator
(One of two seats)

BAAA Representatives in Congress
(All districts )

You can check your voter registration
card for your district information.
STATE OF FLORIDA OFFICES

Governor and Lieutenant Governor

Attorney General

Chief Financial Officer

Commissioner of Agriculture

State Senator
(Only even numbered districts)


State Representative
(BAAA Members in County Order)

Citrus
DeSoto
Hardee
Hernando
Highlands
Hillsborough

Manatee
Pasco
Pinellas
Polk
Sarasota
Sumter