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Election Team Hits the Road for Registration Deadline

POLK COUNTY, FL (October 1, 2015) – The last day to register to vote for the November 3rd municipal elections in the cities of Lakeland and Winter Haven is Monday, October 5th, and the Polk County elections office will be offering mobile voter registration services to ensure everyone has an opportunity to register before this important deadline.

Residents who have not yet registered can sign-up to vote, and voters may update their information if it’s not current with the elections office.  Voters may also request a mail ballot.

Our Mobile Voter Registration Teams will set up Monday, October 5th at the following locations:



  9 am   Harden Boulevard near Oakbridge Center                                

10 am   South Florida Avenue near Southgate Shopping Center

11 am   US Highway 98 North near Taco Bell and Panera Bread

Winter Haven                      

1 pm     Highway 17 and State Road 544 near Home Depot

2 pm     3rd Street NW near City Hall

3 pm     Cypress Gardens Boulevard near Chain of Lakes Complex


For more information, call the Elections Office at 863-534-5888.


I have just received the results of the non-binding votes regarding confidence in Chief Lisa Womack by unionized sworn and non-union civilian personnel in the Lakeland Police Department. 

It is important to note that the Chief of Police is not an elected position and the outcome of the voting does not result in her removal from her position as Chief of Police. However, the results of the vote are concerning because it represent the current pulse of both sworn and non-sworn Departmental personnel. 

I plan to meet with the leadership of the various employee groups at the Lakeland Police Department to discuss their feelings and concerns to better understand the particular issues that impacted their individual voting, especially among non-unionized civilian personnel.  I will also be meeting with Chief Womack to discuss her perspectives of tonight’s outcome and how she and the administration at the Lakeland Police Department can best address the concerns regarding the Department. 

The City will also gain further insight on particular issues that may have influenced tonight’s outcome from the employee survey process that is scheduled to be administered in the first quarter of 2014. These steps will help us further evaluate the direction the Department as we continue to work toward addressing employee and public concerns that LPD has faced over the past year. The Lakeland Police Department has a very dedicated staff and we appreciate their hard work and commitment to this community.





Notice is hereby given that the City of Lakeland Canvassing Board will convene on the following dates:

November 8, 2013, in the City Commission Conference Room at Lakeland City Hall, 228 S Massachusetts Av, Lakeland at 8:30 a.m. to select a race and precinct for the Post Election Audit.

November 12, 2013, in Bartow at the Supervisor of Elections Office, 250 S. Broadway Ave., Bartow FL at 3 p.m. to conduct the Post Election Audit.


Anyone deciding to appeal a decision by the Canvassing Board on the above subject matter at these meetings will need a record of the proceedings and for purposes of that appeal, may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, including the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be made. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 286.26, Florida Statutes, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the City Manager’s Office no later than two (2) days prior to the proceeding at (863) 834-6006, for assistance. The City Manager’s office is located in City Hall, 228 S. Massachusetts Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33801-5086. If HEARING impaired, please contact TDD (TDD-Telecommunications Device for the Deaf) at Local - (863) 834-8333 – or 1-800-955-8771. If VOICE impaired, please contact the Florida Relay Service at 1-800-955-8770, for assistance.

City ClerkKelly S. Koos, MMC



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For More Information Contact:

Lori Edwards, Supervisor of Elections


Track City Election Results Online

POLK COUNTY, FL (November 1, 2013) – Voters in Auburndale*, Lakeland, and Winter Haven who would like to follow election night results for the November 5th Municipal Elections can do so on the elections office website,


Citizens that would like up-to-the-minute election results will find our website converted to an election night scoreboard,” said Lori Edwards, Supervisor of Elections in Polk County.  “We believe this is one more way that we can enhance the voting experience.”


Results can be found at after the polls have closed and will remain on the elections office home page for several days following the election.


*Note: Auburndale’s Absentee results will be provided by the City Clerk and posted on the Elections Office website as available.



For more information visit or call the elections office at 534-5888.