Frequently Asked Questions
about the City of
Orlando 2012 Election
Q: When Is the City of Orlando election
A: The election will take place on April 3,
2012. If necessary, a run-off election will be held on May 1, 2012.
Q: Why would a run-off be needed?
A: If there are more than 2 candidates and no
one candidate receives a majority of the votes, the top two
candidates will face off in a run-off election.
Q: Which seats are up for election?
A: There will be an election for Mayor and for
Commissioner in Districts 1, 2, 4 and 6.
Q: Who are the candidates?
A: You can see the list of candidates and
information about their campaign finances at this link:
Those marked “qualified” will appear on the ballot.
Q: How can I vote in the City of Orlando
A: There are 3 ways to do so but first you
must be a City resident and registered to vote.
Click here to find
out how to register. .
The registration deadline is March 5, 2012 to be eligible to vote in
the City election in April.
voting: You can vote early at the Orange County Supervisor of
Elections office located at 119 W. Kaley Street in Orlando.
Early voting begins on Monday, March 26, 2012 and runs through
Sunday, April 1, 2012. Hours of operation are Monday – Friday,
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday,
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (for in office absentee voting).
2. Absentee Ballot: You can vote by mail by ordering an absentee
ballot. You can order it by calling 407.836.2070 or online at
orangecountyvotes.com. The last day to order an absentee ballot is
March 28, 2012 at 5 p.m. Your ballot must be received by the
Supervisor of Elections office by 7 p.m. on election day, April
3. Voting at the polls on election day: You can vote at
your assigned precinct on election day, April 3, 2012 between 7
a.m. and 7 p.m. To find out where your polling place is located,
click here and then enter your address or call 407.836.2070.
Please note that because of redistricting, you may be in a new
district and a new polling place so be sure to check.
Q: How do I verify that I am registered to vote
in Orange County already?
Click here to visit the Orange County Supervisor of
Elections website to verify your registration.
Q: Why were changes made to my voting
A: Every 10 years,
there is a census taken in the United States. Based on those
results, district lines must be redrawn to make sure that there are
approximately equal numbers of people in each district. Orlando
conducted a redistricting process last summer and fall. You can
check out the results by clicking here:
Due to redistricting, some changes in the poll locations were
Q: Does this mean that I have a new
Commissioner to represent me now?
A: No. The new district lines are not in
effect until June 1, 2012 so if you have a problem currently, you
should contact your current commissioner. You can find out who that
is by clicking here
http://www.cityoforlando.net/gis/locator.asp and typing in your
Thank you for taking the time to read these
frequently asked questions and answers. If you still have
questions, please call the City Clerk’s Office at 407.246.2251.