Voting in Election 2022 is under way, with Miami-Dade County mailing the first round of domestic ballots Thursday in advance of the Aug. 23 primary election.
Elections officials sent 392,038 ballots county wide from the county’s Elections Department in Doral, with 2,873 of that number sent to Key Biscayne voters who’ve chosen to get mail ballots. A few dozen ballots were previously mailed to overseas voters.
As of Thursday, there were 7,973 registered voters in Key Biscayne. Miami-Dade Elections Supervisor Christina White sought to reassure voters about the integrity of mail-in ballots.
“Vote as soon as possible, even if the deadline is far away. The peace of mind of getting it to our offices is priceless, and if there’s any kind of discrepancy, we’re able to notify you and you will be able to correct it.”
All Key Biscayne voters, regardless of party, will get ballots for Key Biscayne mayor, school board, and several circuit and county court judge seats. In the island’s mayoral primary, voters will choose between Fausto Gomez, Katie Petros, and Joe Rasco. The school board election pits incumbent Mari Tere Rojas against Sandra Manzieri.
For the partisan races, Florida is a closed-primary state, which means registered Republicans and Democrats will get different ballots.
For the U.S. House of Representatives, Democrats will choose between State Sen. Annette Taddeo, City of Miami Commissioner Ken Russell, and political newcomer Angel Montalvo. In the GOP contest, incumbent Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar is facing a challenge from computer engineer Frank Polo.
There are also contested partisan races for State House District 113. Democrats will choose between A.J. D’Amico and Andrés Althabe; while Republicans will choose between Vicki Lopez and Alberto Perosch.
The Key Biscayne Independent will be hosting a town-hall forum with all candidates for mayor on August 9th at 6:00 p.m.
Theo Miller is an intern reporter specializing in education, technology, politics, and the impacts those have on schools both on and off the Key. He is a graduate of MAST Academy. In Key Biscayne, he works in production with Crossbridge Church and the Anti-Social radio podcast, Often described as a full-time nerd, when he is not writing or in school, he loves cameras, cars, cooking, and cartoons.