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Early voting to open Saturday

Early voting for the 2023 municipal election opens on Saturday, April 29 in Port St. Joe. It will run through Saturday, May 6.

Voting will take place from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. EDT between those dates. There will be no early voting on Sunday, April 30.

Early voting will take place at The Supervisor of Elections’ Office in Port St. Joe, located at 401 Long Avenue.

Voting early is just like voting on election day. Early voters should remember to bring a photo and signature identification with them.

Several races will be on the ballot this Election Day, Tuesday, May 9, including the mayoral seat and commissioner for Group 2. The ballot will also feature two referendum measures aimed at lengthening the term of commissioners from two to four years and changing election dates in the city to coincide with the November general election.

The candidates for mayor are incumbent Rex Buzzett and Amos Pittman Jr.

The candidates for Group 2 commissioner, an open seat, are Steve Kerigan and Alan “Al” Wetzstein.

More information about their platforms can be found on The Star’s website at gulfcounty.news.

The winner of the race will be sworn into office in the weeks following the election.

How to vote

All voting will occur at the Gulf County Supervisor of Elections’ office.

Those who are not yet registered to vote will not be able to vote in the election.

In order to vote, voters must produce one of the following current and valid picture identifications:

  • Florida Driver’s License
  • Florida ID card issued by the Dept. of Highway safety & Motor Vehicles
  • United States Passport
  • Debit or Credit Card
  • Military Identification
  • Student Identification
  • Retirement Center Identification
  • Neighborhood Association Identification
  • Public Assistance Identification

If the picture identification does not contain a signature, an additional identification with a signature will be required.  It is not mandatory that you bring your Voter’s Information Card with you to vote.  This card is intended only to inform you that you are a registered voter, what district races you are able to vote on, what precinct you are registered in and the location of your polling place.

Meet the Editor

David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

Wendy Weitzel The Star Digital Editor

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