Orchid Town Council Election - General
Per Ordinance No. 2018-01, the qualifying period begins at 12 p.m. on the 90th day prior to the election and ends on the 60th day prior to the election. If either of these days falls on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday, then the next or prior business day is selected (see the ordinance for details). The election date is the first Tuesday following the first Monday in November. The qualifying fee is $25. All elections for the office of Councilmember are conducted on a nonpartisan basis without any designation of political party affiliation.
The Council consists of five Councilmembers, who each serve four year terms without compensation. Terms begin at the first Town meeting following the election, at which time Councilmembers are sworn in by the Town Clerk or Town Attorney. The Mayor and Vice-Mayor are selected by the Council each year at the first Town Council meeting following the second Tuesday in November. If a Councilmember vacates a council seat prematurely, the remaining Councilmembers appoint an eligible resident to fulfill the remainder of the term until the next election.
Local Election in 2018
The next election will take place on November 6, 2018, when four seats will be open to election. Three of these seats are for full four year terms. The fourth seat is for the remainder of the vacated term which has in it two more years following the election and is currently occupied by the appointed Councilmember Knapp. The only seat that is not open to election in 2018 is presently held by Mayor Ofstie.
If you are interested in running for the position of Councilmember, you are invited to download the candidate packet on this page (big purple buttons below) or collect one from the Town Clerk, who will be happy to help you with any questions you may already have as well.
The qualifying period in 2018 will start at noon on the 8th of August and extend through until 4 p.m. on the 7th of September. You may qualify at any point during that time. Up to two weeks in advance of the qualifying period (from July 25th), you may submit your qualifying paperwork to the Town Clerk to hold until the start of the qualifying period. Only candidates, who submit all paperwork in full and pay the qualifying fee to the Town Clerk prior to the end of the qualifying period, shall be deemed qualified; this is the responsibility of the candidate! The Town Clerk can advise the candidate regarding the necessary paperwork that must be submitted.
Download the two-part candidate packet by clicking here:
Important Online Candidate Resources:
More information to come, but feel free to reach out in advance:
Town Clerk Contact Info.
The Town Clerk for Orchid is also the Town's Supervisor of Elections.
Telephone: 772-581-2770 ext. 2,
In-person; Town Hall, 7707 U.S. Highway 1, Suite 1, Vero Beach, FL 32967
Other Election Information
For information about elections beyond the Town Council, please contact the Indian River County Supervisor of Elections office. You will be able to receive assistance pertaining to county and statewide, and general election information, sample ballots, vote-by-mail ballots, voter registration, and more. The website of Indian River County Supervisor of Elections is www.voteindianriver.com. You may also call (772) 226-3440.
Registered voters for Town of Orchid cast their votes in Precinct 15: Indian River Shores Community Center located at 6001 A1A Highway.
To see who is currently representing Town of Orchid in government on local, state and federal levels, please visit the Elected Officialspage on this website.
Helpful Voter Links
Indian River County Supervisor of Elections: www.voteindianriver.com
Florida Department of State Division of Elections: dos.myflorida.com/elections
Florida Elections Commission: www.fec.state.fl.us
Florida Commission on Ethics: www.ethics.state.fl.us
*Under Florida law, email addresses are public records. If you do not wish your email address to be released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to the Town Administration or its officials. Instead, contact this office by phone or letter.
Elections for the office of Councilmember for Town of Orchid are held every two years. Residents of the Town, who are registered voters in the State of Florida, are eligible to run for the position during the qualification period specified in the Code of Ordinances for Orchid. This page provides information about the election process in the Town and offers resources for other elections too.