The North Miami Beach City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved two ordinances pertaining to the city’s May 7 municipal election.
The first ordinance moved the runoff election date to May 21, a week after the city had originally scheduled.
“Basically, the county supervisor of elections has contacted the city clerk — says there’s not enough turn around time of one week between our election and the runoff,” City Attorney Darcee Siegel told the council.
The additional time will permit the Miami-Dade County Supervisor of Elections to program voting machines, prepare absentee ballots and to get ready for the election, according to city documents.
The council also voted unanimously to establish the early voting time period for the May election cycle.
Early voting will take place between May 2 through May 5 and will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
In the event of a runoff election, early voting will be provided on May 16 and May 17 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Both ordinances passed on second reading.
Three council seats will be on the May 7 ballot: Seat Six, currently held by Councilwoman Barbara Kramer; Seat Four, held by Councilwoman Beth E. Spiegel; and Seat Two, held by Councilman Philippe Derose.
Karmer and Spiegel have said they will seek re-election, while Derose has said he won’t seek another term.
The city’s official qualifying period for candidates will be from March 25 to March 30.