Early voting for the Aug. 24 primary election officially opened on Monday.
In addition to the party primaries for national and state seats, there are Republican primaries for the Lee County Board of County Commissioners as well as three non-partisan races for the Lee County School Board and two judicial seats on the ballot.
All registered voters can cast ballots in the school board and Lee County court judges races, meaning everyone can vote in at least five races.
It’s a plump ballot— and an important one — and we urge voters to take advantage of it by turning out.
There are three ways to cast a ballot — by mail (call LEE-VOTE, 533-8683 by Wednesday, Aug. 18); through early voting at select polling sites (through Saturday, Aug. 21); and, of course, at neighborhood precincts on election day.
Early voting locations include the Lee County Elections Main Office (2480 Thompson Street in Fort Myers), Lee County Election Center Branch Office (13180 S. Cleveland Avenue in Fort Myers), Cape Coral Branch Office (1031 SE 9th Place #3 in Cape Coral), Bonita Springs Branch Office (24951 Old U.S. 41, Suite #10 in Bonita Springs) and the East County Regional Library (881 Gunnery Road in Lehigh Acres).
Each of these early voting locations offer the same operating hours of Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
No matter how you intend to vote, in person or by mail, we encourage you to take part in this and every election. It is perhaps the most powerful privilege we have as citizens of these United States.
— Reporter editorial