Town of Lantana - Notice of General Election:
The Town’s next municipal election will be on Tuesday, March 14, 2023, to elect candidates for the Office of Councilmember Group 3 and 4 (three-year terms). The qualification period for the 03/14/2023 election began at noon on Monday, 11/14/2022 and ended at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, 11/18/2022. Please see the qualified candidates and referendum information below. Please click on the following links: Spanish and Creole for the referendum translations.
For questions, please contact Town Clerk Kathleen Dominguez at 561-540-5016 or email@example.com.
The following candidates have qualified to run for Councilmember – Group 3:
Mark Zeitler (incumbent)
The following candidates have qualified to run for Councilmember – Group 4:
John A. Raymer
Karen Lythgoe qualified to run for the Office of Mayor - Group 5, and since there was no opposition, is deemed duly-elected. She will be sworn in as Mayor on March 27, 2023.
2023 Town Referendum Information:
On November 29, 2022, the Town Council adopted Ordinance No. O-09-2022, proposing a referendum to amend Article V., Section 4 of the Town Charter, changing the form of council election from a majority vote to a plurality vote. A majority vote is defined as more than 50% of the votes cast as compared to a plurality vote which is defined as the candidate who receives the highest number of votes will be elected, even if it's less than a majority.
Article V., Section 4 of the Town Charter currently states that when the Town holds a regular municipal election for Councilmember seat(s), the candidate who received the majority of the votes cast (50% plus 1) for that particular office is duly elected. However, suppose a candidate cannot achieve more than 50% of the votes cast during the regular municipal election. In that case, a runoff will occur between the two (2) candidates who received the most votes.
For example, under the current majority vote, if there are three (3) candidates running for a particular office: Candidate 1 receives 50%, Candidate 2 receives more than 25%, and Candidate 3 receives less than 25%, then a runoff would occur between Candidates 1 and 2 since Candidate 1 did not receive a majority (i.e., more than 50%) and Candidate 2 received a greater number of votes than Candidate 3.
Under the same scenario described above, if the Town Charter was amended to change the method of election to a Plurality Vote, a runoff would not have been necessary in this case since the highest vote-getter would be duly elected (i.e., Candidate 1).
The question shown below will appear on the March 14, 2023 ballot to be considered by Town electors.
TOWN OF LANTANA REFERENDUM QUESTION NO. 1
SHALL THE TOWN OF LANTANA CHARTER BE AMENDED TO CHANGE THE METHOD OF ELECTION FROM MAJORITY VOTE TO PLURALITY VOTE, SUCH THAT THE TOWN COUNCIL CANDIDATE WHO RECEIVES THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF VOTES FOR A PARTICULAR COUNCIL SEAT SHALL BE DEEMED TO BE ELECTED?
SHALL THE ABOVE-DESCRIBED QUESTION NO. 1 BE ADOPTED?
Town General Election: Tuesday, March 14, 2023, 7:00 am to 7:00 pm
Run-off Election (if necessary): Tuesday, March 28, 2023, 7:00 am to 7:00 pm
Voter Registration Closing Dates: Monday, February 13, 2023 for the General Election, and Monday, February 27, 2023 for the Run-off
Town of Lantana Precincts and Polling Locations:
On Election Day, you must vote in the polling location that is assigned to your precinct. Your Voter Information Card will list your precinct and your polling location. The polling places are open from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. The new precinct numbers and assigned polling locations for Lantana are listed below:
Precincts 3801, 3802 and 3805: Lantana Recreation Center, 418 S. Dixie Hwy.
Precinct 3803: Maddock Park, 1200 W. Drew St.
Precinct 3804: Lantana Town Hall, 500 Greynolds Cir.
Vote-by-Mail and Voter Registration Information:
Under the current Florida Laws, Vote-by-Mail requests are valid through the end of the calendar year of the next regularly scheduled general election. Voters who wish to receive a Vote-by-Mail ballot for 2023 through 2024 elections are required to complete a new Vote-by-Mail ballot request. To request a vote by mail ballot, click here: https://www.pbcelections.org/Voters/Vote-By-Mail