Elections 2020

County Elections Procedures Due to COVID-19

Miami-Dade County Elections will continue to implement COVID-19 procedures to protect the health and safety of voters, poll workers and poll watchers amidst the pandemic. Click the links to read the Health and Safety In-Person Voting Fact Sheet for Voters: EnglishSpanish and Creole.

Sample Ballots for 2020 Elections

  • See the Official Sample Ballot for the Village of Palmetto Bay here
  • See the Miami-Dade County municipal ballot here

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Village Clerk Missy Arocha at (305) 259-1234.

General Information - Election of November 3, 2020

Any citizen who is a qualified elector of Miami-Dade County and has resided continuously in the Village of Palmetto Bay for at least two years preceding the date of qualifying is eligible to be a candidate for the office of the Village Council. The Village is divided into three residential areas. Section 2.03 of the Village Charter requires that one Councilmember reside in the Northern Area (Seat 1), one Councilmember reside in the Central Area (Seat 2) and one Councilmember reside in the Southern Area (Seat 3). Candidates for the office of Mayor and Vice Mayor are elected without regard to residence in a particular residential area. Persons running from a particular residential area must be a resident of the residential area which she/he proposes to represent on the Council at the time of qualifying, at the time of his/her election and must continue to reside in such residential area during his/her term of office. A copy of the Village Charter is provided for your information and review regarding Election information and residential areas of the Village. 

In the 2020 election, candidates may qualify for the seat of: Vice Mayor or District 2 Councilmember.

A General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Any candidate receiving a number of votes greater than 50% of the total number of ballots cast shall be duly elected to the Council and no run-off shall be required.

Run-Off Election

If required, a Run-off Election will be held on Tuesday, December 1, 2020. The ballot for the run-off election shall contain the names of the candidates for Vice Mayor and District 2 Councilmember. The candidates receiving the most votes shall be duly elected to Vice Mayor and District 2 Councilmember. 

The duly elected Vice Mayor and District 2 Councilmember shall each serve a four-year term commencing at the next regular scheduled Council meeting after the general election or should a run-off be necessary, at the next regularly scheduled Council meeting following the day of the run-off election.

For more information, please contact the Village Clerk at (305) 259-1234.

Important Dates:

• Monday, October 5, 2020 – State voter registration deadline. The County's Elections Headquarters in Doral will be open from 8:00 a.m. until midnight and the Stephen P. Clark Center satellite office will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for maximum voter convenience. Any voter registration application postmarked or received at an official Voter Registration Agency by the October 5th deadline will be accepted as valid for this election.

• Monday, October 19, 2020 – First day of early voting at 33 locations conveniently located throughout Miami-Dade County. These will remain open for 14 days through Sunday, November 1, 2020, from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. For a list of locations and wait times during the official Early Voting period, please click here. Here's a list of polling locations in the Village of Palmetto Bay.

• Saturday, October 24, 2020 – Request vote by mail ballots. Per state law, any voter who wishes to have a mail ballot sent to their home must submit their request no later than 5:00 p.m. on this day. Requests may be submitted online, over the phone, in person, in writing or faxed to our office. For additional information, click here. For Palmetto Bay residents, Overseas Ballots were mailed on September 19, 2020 and Domestic Ballots were mailed on October 1, 2020.

• Tuesday, November 3, 2020 – Election Day. Polls open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and voters must go to their assigned voting location. The polling place list for the General Election can be viewed here. Voters whose polling place was changed are also notified by mail and signage is placed at the original location redirecting the voter to the new location, consistent with Florida Statute.

It is important that all registered voters are familiar with their assigned voting location, before going to the polls.

• Thursday, November 5, 2020 – Vote-by-mail Affidavit. If a voter forgets to sign their vote-by-mail envelope or their signature does not match, state law allows voters to submit an affidavit and cure their vote-by-mail ballot. The affidavit must be completed and submitted to the Elections Department, along with a copy of their identification, by 5:00 p.m. on the second day after an election. Additionally, a person casting a provisional ballot shall have the right to present written evidence supporting their eligibility to vote to the Supervisor of Elections by 5:00 p.m. on the second day following the election.