Date Set for City of Lakeland Special Election

Bond Issue Referendum to be Held April 16

At a special called meeting on  February 19, and after a call in to the election commission to clarify some of the requirements surrounding early voting, the Lakeland Board approved a resolution requesting that the date for the election be set for April 16.

Lakeland voters will be asked to “Vote Yes” or “Vote No” to allow the City of Lakeland to issue up to $50,000,000 in general obligation school bonds to finance the construction of the proposed Lakeland Prep 6-12 Middle/High School.

While voting on election day will occur at regular polling places, the BOC selected Lakeland Elementary as the site for early voting, in part to encourage participation from parents of school aged-children, according to Lakeland Mayor Wyatt Bunker.

Early voting will be held from March 27 through April 11th, Monday through Saturday, from 8:00 am until 6:00 pm, with the exception of Good Friday. There will not be any early voting at  the downtown Memphis location.

At Lakeland Elementary School, all voters will enter the driveway just east of the school building (to the right when facing the school) leading to the faculty/staff parking lot. Directional signs will be posted and visible from all sides of Oak Seed Lane. The 35 parking spaces closest to the gymnasium will be blocked off and reserved for voters during the school day.

During the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. (student arrival) and 3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. (student dismissal), school personnel will assist with directing traffic and ensuring a smooth voting experience.

The deadline to register to vote in the special election is March 18. For more information  or to see a sample ballot, visit

Early Voting
Dates: March 27th – April 11th
Times: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Location: Lakeland Elementary
Regular Voting
Date: April 16th
Times: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Location: Regular voting day locations,


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