Gearing up for the 2019 municipal elections

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The candidate qualifying period for Bay County ended Friday, marking the kick-off to April 16th's municipal elections. Several municipalities in Bay County will hold elections for mayors, commissioners and council members, but some candidates are running unopposed.

Lynn Haven's Mayor Margo Anderson, Mexico Beach's Mayor Al Cathey, and Parker's Mayor Richard Musgrave have secured their seats for another term.

Voters can vote by mail, early voting, or by visiting a voting site on election day.

Those partaking in early voting can visit an election site the week of April 10th between between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. If you're interested in voting by mail, you must submit your ballots at least a week prior to the election. Bay County Supervisor of Elections, Mark Andersen, suggests voters should be prepared before heading to the polls.

"Keep your address current, keep your signature current, get ready before the election- be ready to vote. We can still cure your address and other issues even on election day. We can still work with you but it's a whole lot easier if you're ready to go as a voter," says Andersen.

Andersen added because of displacement and change of address issues with many voters, they should call the Bay County Supervisor of Elections Office with any questions at 850-784-6100 or visit their website in the attached story.