WHAT IS A MUNICIPAL ELECTION?
Municipalities have governing bodies whereby the members are elected by the voters. Each of the 31 municipalities in Broward has a Charter which stipulates the term of the office and the frequency of the elections. Until 2004, all Broward municipalities held their elections the second Tuesday in March. One city also requires a Primary Election and that is held the second Tuesday in February. These are called stand-alone elections and the municipalities bear the costs for the election.
Other municipalities have now moved their elections to the General Election in even numbered years and their candidates are listed after the other non-partisan offices listed on the ballot. Referendum questions are listed after the state and county questions. Municipalities are permitted to move their elections by virtue of the passage of special legislation.
Early Voting – Unlike the County, Early Voting is optional for municipalities if it is a stand alone election. Since the inception of Early Voting, no municipalities have opted to offer Early Voting.
Absentee Ballots – As in all other elections, municipal voters have the option to vote by absentee. Requests can be made to the Broward County Supervisor of Elections’ Office in person, e-mail, phone call or in writing.
Candidate Qualifying – The criteria required for an elected office is contingent upon the requisites of the level of the office desired. Where the candidates file their respective campaign documents and where they qualify is dependent on the level of the office. For candidates running for Municipal offices, the qualifying officer is the Municipal Clerk. All campaign documents are therefore filed with the Municipal Clerk.