Tuesday Is Another Election Day In Miami-Dade County

Nov 16, 2015

Miami-Dade County will hold two runoff elections on Tuesday.
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Just two weeks after the last one, Tuesday is another election day in Miami-Dade County.

Two commission seats will be decided, one in Miami Beach the other in Miami, but you might not actually call the Miami race an election this time around.

Many cities in Miami-Dade County use a “majority” voting system,  which means that in order to win an election, you have to get 50 percent of the vote - the majority of the voters. But when elections, like those that produced  runoffs, have five or nine candidates, getting that majority can be difficult.

In the city of Miami District 2, candidate Ken Russell received 41 percent of the vote in the Nov 3 election. His runoff opponent, Teresa Sarnoff, who got 24 percent of the vote, has pulled out of the race. But her name is still on the ballot.

Election officials say votes cast for her will not be counted. But even though the election doesn’t matter, polls will still be open to take your vote. There is a disclaimer on the ballots explaining that one of the candidates has pulled out, but does not specify which one.

In Miami Beach, voters will get to select between two political newcomers for a spot on the city commission. Just three points separated Kristen Rosen Gonzalez and Betsy Perez in their first race on Nov 3.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. You can find your polling location here.