Miami-Dade County voters will pick a new strong mayor to succeed Carlos Alvarez who was removed from office in a recall election.

Absentee voting is already underway and a county statement said more than 105,000 ballots had been mailed.

Any registered voter eligible to vote in this election may request an absentee ballot by calling 305 499-8444, in person at the Voter Information Center at the Stephen P. Clark Center, First Floor, 111 NW First St., Miami, or the Elections Department Main Office, 2700 NW 87th Ave., Doral, or by visiting the Miami-Dade County Elections Department Web site at

The deadline to request absentee ballots is 5 p.m., Wednesday, May 18, and absentee ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on Election Day, May 24, at the Elections Department. The absentee voter must sign the voter certificate on the outside of the absentee ballot envelope. 

Meanwhile, early voting is underway and will run through Sunday, May 22. Voters may go to any of the 20 locations throughout the county. Locations and hours of operation are available on the Elections Department’s Web site.

Unlike during early voting, when voters may choose any location, on Election Day, May 24, they must vote at their assigned polling places listed on their voter information cards. Any voter who is unsure of where to vote should call 3-1-1 or go to the Elections Department website and click on “Find Your Polling Place.” Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Whether voting at early voting or on Election Day, voters must take along a valid photo identification that contains their names and signatures. 

Acceptable forms of identification include Florida driver's license, military I.D., U.S. passport, retirement center I.D., public assistance I.D., student I.D., debit/credit cards, neighborhood association I.D., or I. D. card issued by the state.

For more information, visit or call 3-1-1.

Source: Miami-Dade County Department of Elections