The City of Eagle Lake is dealing with a recount-confirmed tie vote, according to NewsChief.com. Seven voters did not pick a candidate, and the remaining votes from the less than 20% turnout resulted in a tie. Fla. Stat 100.181 speaks to this: “such persons shall draw lots to determine who shall be elected to the office.”
I contributed a chapter to the American Bar Association to the America Votes! Supplement – just published today.
Bay News 9 here in the Tampa area is reporting on a case in Kenneth City, over in Pinellas County. The charter in Kenneth City bars its elected officials from holding office at the same time as they work as a public employee. A school teacher, who recently was elected mayor of the town (yes, Kenneth City is listed as a town), challenged the constitutionality of the charter. The court sided with the City, however, holding in this opinion posted by Bay News 9 that the provision was constitutional and fully enforceable.
Thanks for all of you who have asked about this blog, I’m now resuming my work on it. I’ve been working on a forthcoming publication on these kind of issues, so that has taken time away from this space. With that concluded, I’ll be posting again here. With the Florida Legislature in session, I’m sure we’ll see some interesting new legislation to consider in this period between elections.
I think that says it all – if you need to find your polling place, go to the State site then contact your local Supervisor of Elections for locations. Polls open 7am-7pm.