City elections are Tuesday


Published: Monday, March 18, 2013 at 2:10 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, March 18, 2013 at 4:19 p.m.

Gainesville city elections are Tuesday.

The ballot includes races for mayor and the District 4 seat on the City Commission.

A voter referendum on a proposed amendment to the city charter is also on the ballot. It would change the schedule for city elections from the spring of every year to the fall of odd years. The proposed change also would extend terms from three to four years. They would be phased in over time and take full effect in 2017.

All registered voters in the city may vote in the race for mayor. The six candidates are: Ed Braddy, Scherwin Henry, Pete Johnson, incumbent Craig Lowe, Donald Shepherd and Mark Venzke.

Only registered voters in District 4 may vote in that race. The district includes voting Precincts 5, 7, 23, 27, 31 and 44. The three District 4 candidates are Alfredo Espinosa, Mac McEachern and incumbent Randy Wells.

Early and absentee voting numbers are up compared with the last stand-alone city election in 2011, Supervisor of Elections Pam Carpenter said.

During early voting, 1,078 ballots were cast, compared with 976 in 2011, Carpenter said. More than 3,500 absentee ballots were cast, compared with about 2,300 in 2011, she said.

Polls will open Tuesday at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Voters will need to bring a valid picture and signature identification in order to cast a ballot or be forced to vote via a provisional ballot. Information on polling places and voter requirements can be found at http://votealachua.com.

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