Eight days of early voting for the Primary Election began Saturday and runs through Saturday, Aug. 23, at the 11 elections offices throughout Lee County.
While there is no early voting site on the Beach, Beach residents can go to Bonita Springs Elections Office, 25987 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 105, Bonita Springs; Rutenberg Park and Recreation Facility, 6490 S. Pointe Blvd., Fort Myers; or Lee County Elections Center, 13180 S. Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers to name three that are close to Estero Island.
Hours for early voting are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day and registered voters may cast a ballot at any location.
Election Day is Aug. 26 and polls throughout the county will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Don't let the fact that it's a primary lull you into postponing your vote until November. There are key seats up for grabs and, especially at the county level, it's a pivotal election.
The three school board races are non-partisan and countywide, meaning every registered voter can cast a ballot, no matter party affiliation, no matter the district in which they live.
Among the partisan primaries, two are "universal," meaning they are open to all registered voters as there are no candidates lined up for the General Election in November. These races, for Lee County Commission District 2 and State Senate District 30, will be decided Aug. 26.
For those still seeking information on the primary, the races and the candidates, you may find election information both online and in print. Online, Observer readers may find all of our election stories under "community news" or consolidated under Election 2014 at cape-coral-daily-breeze.com , a sister website.
We invite you to read. And we urge you to vote. Primary elections do matter.
- Observer editorial