Decision Apopka 2018:
Northwest Recreation Complex joins Apopka Community Center as voting sites
The VOICE of Local Elections
The Apopka City Council voted 5-0 last night to open a second voting precinct for the General Election on March 13th, 2018.
According to the Agenda Packet provided by the City for last night’s meeting, the clerks office budgeted for two precincts, and was approved in the fiscal year 2017-18 budget. It also states that the City Clerk’s office has had multiple complaints in the past that there is only one polling place in previous General Elections.
The two precinct locations for the 2018 election will be the VFW/Apopka Community Center, located at 519 South Central Avenue and the Northwest Recreation Complex Conference Room (3710 Jason Dwelley Parkway). Electors will receive an informational voter card with their precinct listed.
Early Voting remains at the Orange County Supervisor of Elections office at 119 West Kaley Street in Orlando. Voters may also request a vote-by-mail ballot through the Supervisor. For more details, go here.
There are three elections on the 2018 ballot – Apopka Mayor, City Commission Seats #1 and #2.
Incumbent Apopka Mayor Joe Kilsheimer is being challenged by Orange County Commissioner Bryan Nelson in the 2018 Mayoral race.
In the seat #1 election, Suzanne Kidd, Gene Knight, Theresa Mott, and Alexander Smith are running to succeed retiring City Commissioner Billie Dean. In Seat #2, incumbent Commissioner Diane Velazquez is currently running unopposed.
In the 2014 Apopka elections, 4,961 voters turned-out in the March 11th General Election, while 6,664 voted in the April 8th runoff.
In 2016 10,374 turned-out in the March 15th General Election (which was enhanced by multiple voting precincts and presidential candidates also on the ballot in the Florida Primary), while 4,930 voted in the April 12th runoff, which had only one voting site.
According to the City’s Public Information Office, it has not been determined if there will be a second polling place in the event of a runoff, which takes place in the event no candidate receives a majority of the votes in the General Election.