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PRESIDENT
TERM EXPIRES

George W. Bush 2008

THE WHITE HOUSE

1600 Pennsylvania Ave.


Washington, DC 20500

www.whitehouse.gov

(202) 456-1414

(202) 456-1111

fax (202) 456-2461
VICE-PRESIDENT


Dick Cheney

THE WHITE HOUSE

1600 Pennsylvania Ave.


Washington, DC 20500

www.whitehouse.gov

(202) 456-1111

(202) 456-1414

fax (202) 456-2461






Electing the President & Vice President: Electoral College
www.archives.gov

The Electoral College is a method of indirect popular election of the President of the United States. The authors of the Constitution put this system in place so that careful and calm deliberation would lead to the selection of the best-qualified candidate. Voters in each state actually cast a vote for a block of electors who are pledged to vote for a particular candidate.

Each State is allocated a number of electors equal to the number of its U.S. Senators (always 2) plus the number of its U.S. Representatives. The number for a State is based on the number of members in the House of Representatives who represent the State, plus two for the State's Senators. The State's population determines a State's congressional delegation. Florida has 27 electoral votes.

After Election Day, on the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December, these electors assemble in their state capitals, cast their ballots, and officially select the next President of the United States. Legally, the electors may vote for someone other than the candidate for whom they were pledged to vote. This phenomenon is known as the "unfaithful" or "faithless" elector. Generally, this does not happen. Therefore, the candidate who receives the most votes in a state at the general election will be the candidate for whom the electors later cast their votes. Two votes are taken one for President and one for Vice President.

Electoral College electors are restricted from voting for two candidates from their state. The candidate who wins in a state is awarded all of that state's Electoral College votes, except in Maine and Nebraska where the electoral may be split. Florida is a "winner-take-all" state. The votes of the electors are then sent to Congress where the President of the Senate opens the certificates, and counts the votes. This takes place on January 6, unless January 6 falls on a Sunday. In that case, the votes are counted on the next day. An absolute majority is necessary to prevail in the presidential and the vice presidential elections, that is, half the total; in addition, one electoral vote is required. With 538 Electors, a candidate must receive at least 270 votes to be elected to the office of President or Vice President.

Should no presidential candidate receive an absolute majority, the House of Representatives determines who the next president will be. Each state may cast one vote and an absolute majority is needed to win. Similarly, the Senate decides whom the next Vice President will be if there is no absolute majority after the Electoral College vote. Congress has decided elections in the past. The House of Representatives elected Thomas Jefferson president in the election of 1800 when the Electoral College vote resulted in a tie. When the Electoral College vote was so split that none of the candidates received an absolute majority in the election of 1824 the House elected John Quincy Adams President. The Senate elected Richard Johnson Vice President when he failed to receive an absolute majority of electoral votes in the election of 1836.

The President-elect and Vice President-elect take the oath of office and are inaugurated two weeks later, on January 10th.

Lee County voters should note that the Lee County Supervisor of Elections does not have jurisdiction in the Electoral College process, and has no jurisdiction in the distribution of the votes cast by the electors of the electoral college.

For more detailed information on the Electoral College or Presidential Election 2004, please visit www.archives.gov.



PRESIDENT'S CABINET







CHIEF OF STAFF


Andrew H. Card Jr.

THE WHITE HOUSE

1600 Pennsylvania Ave.


Washington, DC 20500

www.whitehouse.gov

(202) 456-1111

(202) 456-1414
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


Secretary
Mike Johans


1400 Independence Ave SW

Washington, DC 20250

www.usda.gov

(202) 720-8482
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE


Secretary
Carlos Gutierrez



14th & Constitution Ave. NW

#5516

Washington, DC 20230

www.doc.gov

(202) 482-2000
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE


Secretary
Donald Rumsfeld


1400 Defense Pentagon

#3A750

Washington, DC 20301

www.defenselink.mil

(703) 428-0711
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR


Secretary
Gale Norton


1849 C Street NW

Washington, DC 20240

www.doi.gov

(202) 208-3100
DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE


Attorney General
Alberto Gonzales


950 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

Washington, DC 20530

www.usdoj.gov

(202) 514-2000
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR


Secretary
Elaine Chao


Frances Perkins Building

200 Constitution Ave. NW

Washington, DC 20210

www.dol.gov

1-866-487-2365
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


Secretary
Margaret Spellings


400 Maryland Ave. SW

Washington, DC 20202

www.ed.gov

1-800-872-5327
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY


Secretary
Samuel W. Bodman


1000 Independence Ave. SW

Washington, DC 20585

www.doe.gov

1-800-342-5363
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES


Secretary
Michael Leavitt


200 Independence Ave. SW

Washington, DC 20201

www.dhhs.gov

1-877-696-6775
DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY


Secretary
Michael Chertoff


US Department of Homeland Security

Washington, DC 20528

www.dhs.gov

(202) 282-8000
DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING & URBAN DEVELOPMENT


Secretary
Alphonso Jackson


451 7th St. SW

Washington, DC 20410

www.hud.gov

(202) 708-1112
DEPARTMENT OF STATE


Secretary
Condoleeza Rice


2201 C St. NW

Washington, DC 20520

www.state.gov

(202) 647-4000
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION


Secretary
Norman Mineta


400 7th St. SW

Washington, DC 20590

www.dot.gov

(202) 366-4000
DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY


Secretary
John Snow


1500 Pennsylvania Ave.

Washington, DC 20220

www.ustreas.gov

(202) 622-2000
DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS


Secretary
Jim Nicholson


810 Vermont Ave. NW

Washington, DC 20420

www.va.gov

1-800-872-1000






FEDERAL AGENCIES










FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY


Under Secretary
Michael D. Brown


500 C Street SW

Washington, DC 20472

www.fema.gov

1-800-745-0243
OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET


Director
Joshua B. Bolten


725 17th St. NW

Washington, DC 20503

www.whitehouse.gov/omb

(202 395-3080
OFFICE OF NATIONAL DRUG CONTROL POLICY


Director
John P. Walters


P. O. Box 6000

Rockville, MD 20849-6000

www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov

1-800-666-3332
UNITED STATES CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES


National Director
Eduardo Aguirre


Tampa Florida Sub Office

5524 West Cypress St.

Tampa, FL 33607

www.uscis.gov

1-800-375-5283
UNITED STATES COAST GUARD


Commandant Admiral
Thomas H. Collins


2100 Second St. SW

Washington, DC 20593

www.uscg.mil

(202)267-1587
UNITED STATES CENSUS BUREAU


Director
Charles Louis Kincannon


4700 Silver Hill Rd.

Washington, DC 20233

www.census.gov

(202)267-1587
UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY


Administrator
Steve Johnson


Ariel Rios Bldg.

1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

Washington, DC 20460

www.epa.gov

(202) 272-0167
UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE


Ambassador
Robert B. Zoelick


600 17th St. NW

Washington, DC 20508

www.ustr.gov

1-888-473-8787



 

JUDICIAL BRANCH

SUPREME COURT JUSTICES

CHIEF JUSTICE

William H. Rehnquist

Supreme Court of the United States

1 First St. NE

Washington, DC 20543

www.supremecourtus.gov

(202)479-3000
JUSTICES


Stephen G. Breyer

Ruth Bader Ginsberg

Anthony Kennedy

Sandra Day O'Connor

Antonin Scalia

David H. Souter

John Paul Stevens

Clarence Thomas

Legislative BRANCH

UNITED STATES SENATORS

Mel Martinez(R)

Hart Senate Office Building #317
Washington, DC 20510
(202) 224-3041 fax:(202) 224-5171
www.senate.gov

Florida Offices:
315 East Robinson St.
Landmark Center 1 #475
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 254-2573
fax: (407) 423-0941
Telephone: (850)942-8415
fax: (850) 942-8450

Term Expires 2010
Bill Nelson(D)

716 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
(202) 224-5274 fax:(202) 228-2183
www.senate.gov

Florida Offices:
Justice Center Annex Building
2000 Main St. #801
Ft. Myers, FL 33901
(239) 334-7760 fax: (239) 334-7710

Term Expires 2006

UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
14TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

 



TERM EXPIRES
Connie Mack (R)
2006

317 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-2536


fax: (202) 226-0439




2000 Main St., Suite 303
Fort Myers, FL 33901
Telephone: (239) 332-4677


fax: (239) 332-8921

www.house.gov



 

FLORIDA STATE GOVERNMENT

EXECUTIVE BRANCH

GOVERNOR
TERM EXPIRES
Jeb Bush (R)
2006
The Capitol
Tallahassee, FL 32399
(850) 488-4441
fax: (850) 487-0801

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR

Toni Jennings (R)
2006
The Capitol #PL-05
Tallahassee, FL 32399
(850) 488-4711
fax: (850) 921-6114

SECRETARY OF STATE

Glenda Hood
Appointed Office
The Capitol
Tallahassee, Fl 32399
(850)245-6500
fax: (850) 245-6125

ATTORNEY GENERAL

Charlie Crist (R)
2006
The Capitol
Tallahassee, FL 32399
(850) 414-3300
fax: (850) 487-2564

COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION

John L. Winn (R)
Appointed Office
325 W. Gaines St. #1514
Tallahassee, FL 32399
(850) 245-0505
fax: (850) 245-9667

COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE

Charles H. Bronson (R)
2006
The Capitol
Tallahassee, FL 32399
(850) 488-3022
fax: (850) 414-9778

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Tom Gallagher (R)
2006
The Capitol
Tallahassee, FL 32399
(850) 413-2850
fax: (850) 488-6581

SENATE

SENATOR, District 21
TERM EXPIRES

Mike Bennett (R) 2008

3653 Cortez Rd. West #90
Bradenton, FL 34210
(941) 727-6349
1-800-500-1239
fax: (941) 727-6352

216 Senate Office Building
404 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
(850) 487-5078
1-800-500-1239
fax: (850) 487-5486


SENATOR, District 27


Dave Aronberg (D) 2008

Old Courthouse
2120 Main St. #206
Fort Myers, FL 33901
(239) 338-2646
fax: (239) 338-2648

Senate Office Building #220
404 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399
(850) 487-5356
fax: (850) 487-5496


SENATOR, District 37


Burt Saunders (R) 2008

1039 SE 9th Pl. #310
Cape Coral, FL 33990
(239)338-2777
fax: 1-888-263-7893

Senate Office Building #418
404 S. Monroe St. Tallahassee, FL 32399
(850) 487-5124
fax: 1-888-263-7893

 





LEGISLATIVE BRANCH

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
REPRESENTATIVE, District 71
TERM EXPIRES

Michael J. Grant (R) 2006

County Admin Building
18500 Murdock Cir.
Port Charlotte, FL 33952
(941) 613-0914
fax: (941) 613-0916

 



1003 The Capitol
402 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399
(850) 488-0060
fax: 888-544-0090

 


REPRESENTATIVE, District 72
TERM EXPIRES

Paige Kreegel (R) 2006

410 Taylor St.
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
(941) 575-5820
fax: (941) 575-5822

 



1401 The Capitol
402 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399
(850) 488-9175
fax: (850) 414-7385

 


REPRESENTATIVE, District 73


Bruce Kyle (R) 2006

2120 Main St. #208
Fort Myers, FL 33901
(239) 335-2411
fax: (239) 338-2486

 



1201 The Capitol
402 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399
(850) 488-1541
fax: (850) 488-1541

 


REPRESENTATIVE, District 74


Jeffrey D. "Jeff" Kottkamp (R) 2006

3501 Del Prado Blvd. #305
Cape Coral, FL 33904
(239) 344-4900
fax: (239) 344-4901

 



513 The Capitol
402 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399
(850) 488-7433
fax: (850) 413-9234

 


REPRESENTATIVE, District 75


Trudi K. Williams (R) 2006

5621 Banner Dr.
Fort Myers, FL 33912
(239) 433-6775
fax: (239) 433-6773

 



1401 The Capitol
402 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399
(850) 488-2047
fax: (850) 921-9780

 


JUDICIAL BRANCH

SUPREME COURT JUSTICES
Supreme Court Building
500 South Duval St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1925
www.flcourts.org
(850) 488-0125 - Clerk

TERM EXPIRES

Justice Harry Lee Anstead 2006

Justice Kenneth B. Bell 2010

Justice Raoul G. Cantero III 2010

Justice R. Fred Lewis 2006

Chief Justice Barbara J. Pariente 2006

Justice Peggy A. Quince 2006

Justice Charles T. Wells 2008



SECOND DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL JUDGES
The Second District Court of appeal includes the following Judicial Circuits: 6th, 10th, 12th and 20th Judicial Circuits

HEADQUARTERS
1005 E. Memorial Blvd.
Lakeland, FL 33801
www.flcourts.org
(863) 499-2290
Fax: (813) 413-2649

1700 North Tampa St.
Tampa, FL 33602
www.flcourts.org
(863) 499-2290
Fax: (813) 413-2649

TERM EXPIRES

Judge Chris W. Altenbernd 2008

Judge Charles T. Canady 2010

Judge Darryl C. Casanueva 2006

Judge Charles A. Davis 2006

Chief Judge Carolyn K. Fulmer 2008

Judge Patricia J. Kelly 2010

Judge Designate Edward LaRose 2006

Judge Steven T. Northcutt 2010

Judge E. J. Salcines 2006

Judge Norris Silberman 2008

Judge Thomas E. Stringer Jr. 2006

Judge Craig C. Villanti 2006

Judge Douglas A. Wallace 2010

Judge James W. Whatley 2008

CIRCUIT COURT JUDGES

Counties in the twentieth judicial circuit include:
Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee

Lee County Justice Center
Court Adminstration
1700 Monroe St.
Fort Myers, FL 33901
(239) 335-2299
(239) 335-2387
www.flcourts.org

SIX YEAR TERMS
TERM EXPIRES
Group 1 Judge Lynn Gerald Jr. 2008 L
Group 1 Judge Jack Lundy 2006 G
Group 1 Judge James D. Sloan 2006 H
Group 2 Judge Frank Porter 2006 C
Group 3 Judge Ted Brousseau 2008 CO
Group 3 Judge Ramiro Manalich 2006 CO
Group 4 Judge Daniel R. Monaco 2008 CO
Group 5 Judge Cynthia Ellis 2006 CO
Group 6 Chief Judge Hugh D. Hayes 2008 CO
Group 7 Judge William McIver 2008 L
Group 8 Judge Frederick Hardt 2006 H/G
Group 9 Judge Margaret O. Steinbeck 2006 L
Group 10 Judge Thomas S. Reese 2010 L
Group 11 Judge James H. Seals 2006 L
Group 12 Judge Jay B. Rosman 2010 L
Group 13 Judge Hugh E. Starnes 2008 L
Group 14 Judge James R. Thompson 2006 L
Group 15 Judge Donald E. Pellecchia 2008 C
Group 16 Judge Isaac Anderson Jr. 2008 C
Group 17 Judge R. Thomas Corbin 2006 L
Group 18 Judge Franklin G. Baker 2006 CO
Group 19 Judge Sherra J. Winesett 2008 L
Group 20 Judge John S. Carlin 2008 L
Group 21 Judge G. Keith Cary 2008 G/H
Group 22 Judge Lauren L. Brodie 2010 C/L
Group 23 Judge Lawrence D. Martin 2010 CO

COUNTY COURT JUDGES

1700 Monroe Street
Fort Myers, FL 33901
(239) 335-2299
fax: (239) 335-2387
SIX YEAR TERMS
TERM EXPIRES
Group 1 Judge Lee Frizzell Hayes 2006
Group 2 Judge James R. Adams 2006
Group 3 Judge Radford R. Sturgis 2010
Group 4 Judge John W. Dommerich 2010
Group 5 Judge John E. Duryea Jr. 2006
Group 6 Judge Edward J. Volz 2010
Group 7 Judge Maria E. Gonzalez 2006

JUDICIAL QUALIFICATIONS COMMISSION

&1110 Thomasville Rd.
Tallahassee. FL 32303
(850) 488-1581

Under the Florida Constitution, only the Judicial Qualifications Commission has authority to investigate complaints against Florida judges. Persons wishing to file a complaint should direct their complaint or questions to:

FLORIDA PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION COMMISSIONERS

Florida's Public Service Commissioners are selected for their knowledge and experience in one or more of the following fields: accounting, economics, energy, engineering, finance, natural resource conservation, public affairs and law. Commissioners are appointed to four-year terms by the Governor and are confirmed by the Florida Senate.

The mission of the Florida Public Service Commission is to promote the development of competitive markets - as directed by state and federal law - by removing regulatory barriers to competition, and by emphasizing incentive-based approaches, where feasible, to regulate areas that remain subject to rate of return regulation. Once markets become sufficiently competitive, the Florida Public Service Commission will eliminate regulatory involvement to the extent permitted by law.

FLORIDA PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION

2540 Shumark Oak Blvd.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0850
www.psc.state.fl.us
1-800-342-3552
1-800-511-0809
fax: 1-800-511-0809