All Collier, Lee registered voters have decisions to make in Aug. 14 primary

— There's something for everyone.

That's the message election officials in Collier and Lee counties are hoping to spread in advance of the Aug. 14 primary.

While Florida is a closed primary state — which means only Republicans and Democrats can vote in their respective party's primary — election officials said there are several universal races that voters, no matter their party affiliation, can vote on Aug. 14.

A universal race is one in which there is no opposition in the general election or it's a nonpartisan race, said Tim Durham, Collier County's chief deputy supervisor of elections.

All eligible voters in Collier County will be able to cast ballots in these contests:

■ In countywide races for Clerk of Courts, Tax Collector, Property Appraiser and county judges. The Republicans running for these constitutional offices don't have opposition in the general election, while the county judge races are nonpartisan.

■ In Collier Commission District 3; the winner of the race will not face opposition in November and will become the next Collier County commissioner for that district.

■ On Marco Island, voters will be asked to vote on a straw poll question about whether they want to be taxed for an after-hours, walk-in clinic, while those living in Hideaway Beach will have a bond issue on the ballot.

■ In Immokalee's master plan area, voters will be asked to vote in a straw poll about whether they support the master plan as voted on in December 2011.

"There's quite a bit to vote on," Durham said.

Sharon Harrington, Lee County's supervisor of elections, said voters in Lee County also will have a handful of races they can vote on Aug. 14 regardless of party affiliation.

"There's something on the ballot for everyone to vote on," she said.

Harrington said there are "some hotly contested" School Board races that voters will be asked to decide. School Board races are nonpartisan, countywide races.

Collier and Lee voters also will be able to vote in circuit court judicial races, something Harrington said is rare.

In most cases, Harrington said, a judge will retire and the governor appoints a replacement, who then runs unopposed. This year, there are four contested 20th circuit court races on the ballot, all of which are nonpartisan, countywide races.

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2themoon writes:

When do I get to vote out Fiala?

John_Q_Public writes:

2themoon, you can vote for Steve Cosgrove on the 14th. He is Fiala's opponent.

blogsmog writes:

A vote for Fiala is a vote for the Marco mafia

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