The voter registration deadline for the upcoming City of Gainesville’s special runoff election is Monday, Dec. 27.
The runoff election will take place on Jan. 25 between Cynthia Chestnut and Matt Howland for an at-large seat on the Gainesville City Commission, following a Nov. 16 special election that featured five candidates with none earning the needed majority (50 percent plus one) of votes to win. The top two candidates advanced to the runoff election.
Chestnut received 5,400 votes (46.06 percent) of the 11,725 votes cast in the Nov. 16 special election while Howland had 4,840 (41.28 percent). The at-large commission seat became available when former Gainesville Commissioner Gail Johnson resigned on Aug. 23.
According to an Alachua County Supervisor of Elections office press release, only voters registered within the Gainesville city limits are eligible to vote in this election.
Currently-registered voters are not required to re-register but encouraged to check and verify their registration status by clicking here or calling (352) 374-5252.
Prospective voters can register in the following ways:
- The online registration portal found at RegisterToVoteFlorida.gov
- In person at the Supervisor of Elections office located at 515 N. Main St., Suite 300, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday
- In person at any Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles office or Alachua County Library District branch by Dec. 27
- By mail with forms available online at VoteAlachua.com (mailed forms must be completed and postmarked by Dec. 27)
The Supervisor of Elections office noted that the after-hours white drop box in front of its building is currently closed to the public. The drop box will be available to receive vote-by-mail ballots starting from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, Jan. 21, through Sunday, Jan. 23.
Once the early voting ends, the drop box will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 24, and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the election day, Tuesday, Jan. 25.