In three Miami-Dade cities, the election isn’t over. Here’s how to vote in the runoff.

For a few Miami-Dade cities, the election is not over yet.

Homestead concluded its election Tuesday when voters filled two council seats and chose a new mayor, but in Miami, Hialeah and Miami Beach, multiple races are going to a runoff election on Nov. 19.

These races had at least three candidates each, with none getting more than 50% of the vote, which is required to win outright. Voters will now choose between the top two vote-getters in six races in the runoff. Just like for the general election, people can vote through the mail, at an early voting site or in person on the date of the runoff election.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 19. Those who vote on the day of the runoff must vote at their assigned precinct.

Registered voters have until 5 p.m. on Nov. 9 to request a mail ballot from the Miami-Dade County Elections Department. Those who requested a mail ballot for the Nov. 5 vote will automatically receive one for the runoff. Elections department staff will mail out ballots on Saturday.

Each of the three cities will have its own early voting schedule. Voters should bring a current and valid ID that contains a voter’s name, photograph and signature. Voters are not required to bring their voter information card, but bringing it may speed up the voting process.


In Miami’s District 1 race, former state senator Alex Diaz de la Portilla and auto parts retailer Miguel Angel Gabela made the runoff out of a seven-person field.

The city will hold early voting from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15. and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16 and Sunday, Nov. 17 at two locations:

Allapattah Branch Library, 1799 NW 35th St.

West Flagler Branch Library, 5050 West Flagler St.


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Miami Beach

Miami Beach will hold early voting for the runoff elections from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16 and Sunday, Nov. 17 at two locations:

Miami Beach City Hall, 1700 Convention Center Dr.

North Shore Branch Library, 7501 Collins Ave.

Free parking has been reserved for early voters at the City Hall garage, 1755 Meridian Ave., and at the North Shore Branch Library.

Contests for Groups IV, V and VI are headed for a runoff.

In Group V, incumbent Commissioner Ricky Arriola will face challenger Raquel Pacheco.

In Group VI, former state representative David Richardson and restaurant owner Adrian Gonzalez made the runoff.

In Group IV, where just one vote separated the second- and third-place candidates Tuesday night, Steven Meiner beat Michael Barrineau by two votes after a recount Thursday night. Meiner will face former Commissioner Kristen Rosen Gonzalez, who ran first in Tuesday’s election.


Hialeah will hold early voting from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16 and Sunday, Nov. 17 at one location:

John F. Kennedy Library, 190 W. 49th St.

Contestants for Groups 2 and 3 are headed to a runoff. Both races had at least four candidates running for the seat.

In Group 2, Luis González, who was a council member from 2005 to 2017, and Jesus Tundidor, the former vice chair of the city’s planning and zoning board, will face off again.

In Group 3, Jackie Garcia-Roves and community activist Milagros “Milly” Herrera are headed to a runoff.

Joey Flechas covers government and public affairs in the city of Miami for the Herald, from votes at City Hall to neighborhood news. He won a Sunshine State award for revealing a Miami Beach political candidate’s ties to an illegal campaign donation. He graduated from the University of Florida.
Martin Vassolo covers the politics and government of Miami Beach for the Miami Herald. He began working for the Herald in January 2018 after attending the University of Florida, where he served as the editor-in-chief of The Independent Florida Alligator. Previously, he was a general assignment reporter on the Herald’s metro desk and a political reporting intern.