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Pinellas Lagging Behind Other Counties In Early Voting

The first week of early voting just ended, and the numbers are breaking records already. But one Tampa Bay county is lagging behind the others.

Through the first week of early voting, over 2 million people have voted early in Florida. That's on top of more than million who have already voted by mail.

In Hillsborough County, , people have voted early. But in Pinellas County, less than 45, have.

The reason may be that Hillsborough has 26 sites open for early voting, while Pinellas has only five.

Even Pasco County, which has a little more than half the population of Pinellas, had more people voting early. It has nearly three times as many early voting sites.

It's not that there's a lack of interest in Pinellas. The county broke all previous election records by mailing out its most vote-by-mail ballots ever. Nearly , people have voted by mail so far in Pinellas - that's more than even Hillsborough, which has a larger population.

Pinellas is considered one of the key tossups in the crucial Interstate-4 corridor, which is likely to decide which way the state — and possibly the country — turns on election day.

Mary Shedden

Sours: https://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/politics-issues//pinellas-lagging-behind-other-counties-in-early-voting

Ballots soon to reach mailboxes for St. Petersburg primary

St. Petersburg voters: it’s election time again.

More than 95, mailballots are headed this week to domestic voters’ mailboxes ahead of the city’s municipal primary election. Another 1, have already been sent to absent military and overseas voters.

Once received, the ballots can immediately be filled out and returned.

The ballot for the Aug. 24 municipal primary election includes eight names vying to become the city’s next mayor. If no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote-getters will advance to a Nov. 2 general election.

In addition to City Council members Darden Rice and Robert Blackmon, former Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch, former state representative Wengay Newton, restaurateur Pete Boland, small business owner Marcile Powers, University of South Florida St. Petersburg student Michael Ingram and St. Petersburg native Torry Nelson, write-in candidate Michael S. Levinson is also hoping to replace outgoing Mayor Rick Kriseman.

The election also includes primaries for City Council districts 1, 4 and 8.

Related: Here’s what to know about the St. Petersburg mayoral race

Voters can vote by mail or in person on Aug.

Mail ballots need to get to the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections office by 7 p.m. on Aug. 24 to be counted. They can be dropped off or mailed to any of three elections supervisor offices, but can’t be accepted at polling places. Voters who choose to mail in their ballots should allow at least one week for the ballot to arrive, Dustin Chase, Pinellas deputy elections supervisor, said in a press release.

Voters can still request a vote-by-mail ballot by calling the Pinellas County Supervisors of Elections at VOTE () or emailing [email protected] The deadline is 5 p.m. on Aug.

Florida’s controversial new voting law now requires people requesting vote-by-mail ballots to provide a Florida driver’s license, Florida identification card number or the last four digits of their Social Security number.

Related: What's in Florida's new election law?

The law won’t affect many St. Petersburg residents voting in this primary election, Chase told the Tampa Bay Times.

“Anyone who has a mail ballot request already on file will not have to request a mail ballot,” Chase said.

Related: The field is set in St. Petersburg’s elections for mayor, City Council

Voters who receive a vote-by-mail ballot can still opt to vote in person instead. A voter choosing to do this should bring their mail ballot with them to the polling place and surrender it to an election worker, the elections office said. But if a voter does not bring the mail ballot with them, they can still vote in person if election workers can confirm that the voter has not already voted by mail.

The deadline to register to vote in the St. Petersburg municipal primary election is July People can register online at RegisterToVoteFlorida.gov, by mail or in person at the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections office.

Sours: https://www.tampabay.com/news/florida-politics/elections//07/21/ballots-soon-to-reach-mailboxes-for-st-petersburg-primary/
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Pinellas County Voter Guide

Welcome to the nonpartisan Pinellas County Voter Guide! Your vote is your voice, and we want to help you to use it.

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Municipal General Election: November 2,
Voter Registration Deadline: October 4,
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Deadline to return your completed mail ballot: November 2,
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  • Mayor of St. Petersburg
  • St. Petersburg City Council Members for Districts 1, 2, 4, 6 & 8 (all registered voters in St. Petersburg can vote on all City Council races)
  • 7 Proposed Amendments to the St. Petersburg City Charter (recommended by the St. Petersburg Charter Review Commission)
  • 1 Referendum Question

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A note about Voting by Mail in the November Municipal General Election: Remember to sign your ballot envelope carefully! Your ballot envelope is postage-paid, so no stamp is needed. Be sure to mail it weeks before Election Day so that it arrives on time. If you prefer to drop your ballot off, you can do so at any one of the three Supervisor of Elections offices during opening hours, Monday-Friday a.m. to p.m. and on Election Day a.m. to p.m. (these are the only drop-boxes for this election):

  • 1st Ave N in St Petersburg
  • Court St in Clearwater
  • Starkey Road in Largo

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Nueces County sees low early voting turnout

Pinellas will add 2 more early voting sites, following uptick in use

LARGO — Pinellas County is planning to add early voting sites in the Countryside and Tyrone/Lealman areas, following a record high of early, in-person votingduring the presidential election, Supervisor of Elections Julie Marcus announced at a county commission meeting Friday.

The elections office also is considering relocating the early voting site at the St. Petersburg College Allstate Center on 34th Street South to another nearby location, Marcus said. The sites will open for the November election, supervisor of elections spokesperson Dustin Chase told the Tampa Bay Times. The two areas for the new sites have a high portion of citizens who vote early, he said.

The addition of two sites follows years of community members advocating for additional in-person early voting sites, with the request gaining the support of local physicians,pastors of historically Black churches and the editorial board of the Tampa Bay Times.

Pinellas County had five in-person early voting sites in the general election, while Hillsborough County had 26 and Pasco County had

For years, Pinellas County has resisted calls to add more early voting sites, as it emphasized the use of mail-in ballots. At the commission meeting Friday, Marcus noted that 52 percent of the county’s voters have a mail ballot request in their files. Former Pinellas Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark aggressively advocated for voting by mail; in , when local pastors of historically Black churches asked for additional sites, she said the county’s citizens preferred to vote by mail.

However, data over time prompted the county to consider adding two new in-person early voting sites, Marcus said.

“We have seen an increase in the number of voters voting prior to Election Day, reaching record numbers in ,” she said at Friday’s meeting. “With our continued efforts to ensure voters are educated about their voting options, we expect this trend to continue.”

The popularity of voting ahead of Election Day rose during the pandemic. Voting patterns were affected by concerns about the coronavirus as well as unfounded claims by former President Donald Trump and others about widespread problems with mail-in voting. (Trump himself has voted by mail in Florida.)

Marcus told county commissioners there were several factors that would go into determining the location of new voting sites, including compliance with state criteria, accessibility, proximity to mass transit and the flow of entrances and exits. In , 91 percent of the county’s voters will be within 5 miles of an early voting site, she said. All voters will be within 3 miles of a mail ballot drop box, she added.

The elections office budget includes costs for the new voting sites, as well as for its current 25 mail ballot drop-off locations and three additional classified positions, Marcus said.

Marcus also announced Friday that, beginning with the August St. Petersburg primary election, her office will begin using a new system to audit its election results: the ClearAudit software created by the Boston-based Clear Ballot Group. That technology, which is already in use by some Florida counties, including Hillsborough, is separate from a county’s vote tabulation system; all ballots are run through the ClearAudit software to be tallied to see if vote totals match.

Related: Here's how post-election audits work in Florida

Marcus also talked to commissioners aboutthe redistricting process, which will take placeafter the fall electionsat the state, school board and county levels. After receiving the new district lines, the elections office will be responsible for redrawing precincts, getting them approved by the county board and mailing voter cards and ballots.

“I am going to do everything I can to make sure that we maintain the continuity of our precincts and our polling places everywhere we can,” Marcus told commissioners.

Linsey Grove, president of the League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area, said she was glad to hear about the new early voting sites, especially in light of the passage of Senate Bill 90, which places restrictions on voting by mail.

“Of course, we’re happy to see that she’s adding a couple more early voting sites,” Grove said. “We hope that the supervisor of elections considers adding even more on top of that.”

Sours: https://www.tampabay.com/news/pinellas//06/18/pinellas-will-addmore-early-voting-sites-following-uptick-in-use/

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Pinellas County opens early voting, mail-in ballot drop-off locations

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla (WFLA) – Early Voting began Monday morning in Pinellas County and around Tampa Bay.

There are five different early voting locations throughout Pinellas County that will be open daily, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. through November 1.

Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Julie Marcus has already seen a record number of mail-in-ballots this year for the election, and she is hoping for the same when it comes to early voting.

Here are the early voting locations in Pinellas County:

&#; Supervisor of Elections Office &#; County Courthouse &#; Court St., Room , Clearwater,
(voter parking spots will be designated in courthouse parking lots)

 &#; Supervisor of Elections Office &#; Election Service Center &#; Starkey Rd., Starkey Lakes Corporate Center, Largo,

&#; Supervisor of Elections Office &#; County Building &#; First Ave. N., St. Petersburg,

&#; The Centre of Palm Harbor &#;  16th St., Palm Harbor

&#; SPC Allstate Center &#;  34th St. S, St. Petersburg,

Also starting today in Pinellas County, there will be 25 different drop-off locations for mail-in voters to drop off their ballot. Five of those drop-off locations will be drive-thru locations for Pinellas County voters.

Here are the 25 drop-off locations for mail-in ballots:

Election Service Center
Drive-thru Location*
Starkey Lakes Corporate Center
Starkey Road
Largo, FL
 

Pinellas County Courthouse
Court St., Room
Clearwater, FL

County Building
First Ave. N, (Fifth St. North entrance)
St. Petersburg, FL

Gulfport Neighborhood Center
Drive-thru Location*
49th St. S., Gulfport
Monday – Friday, a.m. – p.m.
(No Ballot Drop Off Election Day)

Centre of Palm Harbor
Drive-thru Location*
16th St., Palm Harbor
Monday – Sunday, a.m. – p.m.
Monday, November 2
nd, a.m. – p.m.
(No Ballot Drop Off Election Day)

EpiCenter at St. Petersburg College
Drive-thru Location*
58th St. N., Clearwater
Monday – Friday, a.m. – p.m.
(No Ballot Drop Off Election Day)

Tropicana Field
Drive-Thru Location*
1 Tropicana Drive, St Petersburg
Monday – Sunday a.m. – p.m.
(No Ballot Drop Off Election Day)
*weather contingent

Tarpon Springs Public Library
E. Lemon St., Tarpon Springs
Monday – Friday, a.m. – p.m.
Saturday, a.m. – p.m.
(No Ballot Drop Off Election Day)

Oldsmar Public Library
St. Petersburg Dr. E., Oldsmar
Monday – Saturday, a.m. – p.m.
(No Ballot Drop Off Election Day)

St. Petersburg Main Library
9th Ave. N., St. Petersburg
Monday – Saturday, a.m. – p.m.
(No Ballot Drop Off Election Day)

East Lake Community Library
East Lake Rd., Palm Harbor
Monday – Saturday, a.m. – p.m.
(No Ballot Drop Off Election Day)

Gulf to Bay Tax Collector Office
Gulf to Bay Blvd., Clearwater
Monday – Friday, a.m. – p.m.
(No Ballot Drop Off Election Day)

Seminole Community Library
th St. N., Seminole
Monday – Friday, a.m. – p.m.
Saturday, a.m. – p.m
(No Ballot Drop Off Election Day)

James Weldon Johnson Branch Library
18th Ave. S., St. Petersburg
Monday – Friday, a.m. – p.m.
Saturday, NOON. – p.m
(No Ballot Drop Off Election Day)

North County Tax Collector Office
US Hwy. 19 N., Clearwater
Monday – Friday, a.m. – p.m.
(No Ballot Drop Off Election Day)

Barbara S. Ponce Public Library
52nd St., Pinellas Park
Monday – Saturday, a.m. – p.m
(No Ballot Drop Off Election Day)

Skyway Plaza Tax Collector Office
62nd Ave. S., St. Petersburg
Monday – Friday, a.m. – p.m.
(No Ballot Drop Off Election Day)

Safety Harbor Public Library
2nd St. N., Safety Harbor
Monday – Saturday, a.m. – p.m.
(No Ballot Drop Off Election Day)

Dunedin Library
Douglas Ave., Dunedin
Monday – Saturday, a.m. – p.m.
(No Ballot Drop Off Election Day)

Largo Public Library
Central Park Dr., Largo
Monday – Saturday, a.m. – p.m.
(No Ballot Drop Off Election Day)

North Community Library
70th Ave N., St. Petersburg
Monday – Saturday, a.m. – p.m.
(No Ballot Drop Off Election Day)

St. Pete Beach Public Library
Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach
Monday – Friday, a.m. – p.m.
Saturday, a.m. – p.m.

(No Ballot Drop Off Election Day)

Walter Fuller Recreation Center
26th Ave N., St. Petersburg
Monday – Friday, a.m. – p.m.
(No Ballot Drop Off Election Day)

Clearwater Countryside Library
Sabal Springs Drive, Clearwater
Monday – Thursday, a.m. – p.m.
Friday – Saturday, noon – p.m.
(No Ballot Drop Off Election Day)

SPC Allstate Center
34th St. S, St. Petersburg
Monday – Sunday, a.m. – p.m.
Monday, November 2nd, a.m. – p.m.

(No Ballot Drop Off Election Day)

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Early voting begins in Erie County

Pinellas County Will Have Five Early Voting Sites Open Later This Month

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. — When early voting begins in Pinellas County on October 19, registered voters will be able to cast their ballots at five early voting sites spread out throughout the county.

But some voting rights advocates and health care professionals say that’s not nearly enough in a county of , registered voters and a pandemic which is still very much ongoing.

Going back more than a decade, the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections office has prioritized voting-by-mail, while placing less emphasis on early voting sites. And with what is expected to be a record number of people voting by mail this election cycle due to concerns about contracting the coronavirus, Supervisor of Elections (SOE) Julie Marcus says their system has proven to be the way to go.

“Mail ballots have increased voter turn-out,” Marcus told Spectrum Bay News 9 earlier this year. “Every jurisdiction is different. They have different considerations, but for Pinellas County, it’s worked. It’s not a theory…our voters embrace this.”

Marcus says that more , registered voters have requested a vote-by-mail ballot this year, more than half of all registered voters in Pinellas.

But critics have noted for years that Pinellas utilizes far fewer early voting sites than its neighbors. Hillsborough County will have 25 early voting sites open later this month; Pasco County will have 14 sites and Polk will have nine sites.

And earlier this week, two St. Petersburg-based physicians with expertise in infectious diseases and immunology called on Marcus to open up more early voting sites, writing that, “spacing more voters across more locations can lead to fewer crowds and shorter lines.”

“The county’s busiest early-voting site in was the Election Service Center in Largo, which averaged about 1, people each day. With early voting sites open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., about people voted per hour at that center.

"That’s a lot of people in one space and may not suffice for safe social distancing,” wrote doctors Mona Mangat and David Berman in an op-ed published in the Tampa Bay Times.

Voting rights advocates say they’d prefer Pinellas expand their early voting locations.

“With likely record-breaking voter turnout expected this election cycle, it is concerning that the supervisor is not providing voters with more options for early voting sites,” said Patricia Brigham, President of the League of Women Voters of Florida.

Marcus says that her office took a “layered approach” in handling both the March presidential primary election and the August general primary — without any noticeable issues.

“The plan included mail ballots, election day polling places, early voting, and necessary PPE for both our voters and election workers,” she told Bay News 9 in a written statement. 

When told that there will not be any additional early voting sites, Dr. Mangat said that was “disappointing,” but added that she was “very pleased that the SOE has been working to try and ensure voting is safe during COVID.”

Criticism that Pinellas doesn’t provide enough early voting sites goes back several years, and it has been delivered from both sides of the aisle. In , former Clearwater-based GOP state Senator Jack Latvala said that the office (then led by now retired SOE Deborah Clark) emphasized vote-by-mail efforts to the exclusion of adding early voting sites.

And in , then-Pinellas Republican Congressman David Jolly joined his Democratic opponent Charlie Crist in calling for Clark to open up an additional early voting site in South St. Petersburg. She declined to do so.

Vote-by-mail ballots were sent out earlier this week to all voters in Pinellas County who requested them. Voters have until Oct. 24 to request a vote-by-mail ballot ahead of the Nov. 3 election.

There are 25 drop-boxes scattered throughout the county to deliver your vote-by-mail ballot. Five of them are drive-through locations. 

These are the five early voting site locations that will be open up for voters beginning on Monday, Oct.

  • The Supervisor of Elections Office at the Pinellas County Courthouse – Court St., Room in Clearwater,
  • The Supervisor of Elections Office at the Election Service Center – Starkey Rd., Starkey Lakes Corporate Center, Largo,
  • The Supervisor of Elections Office – County Building – First Ave. N, St. Petersburg,
  • The Centre of Palm Harbor 16th St., Palm Harbor
  • SPC Allstate Center – 34th St., S, St. Petersburg,
Sours: https://www.baynews9.com/fl/tampa/news//10/05/pinellas-county-will-haveearly-voting-sites-open-starting-october

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How to Vote in St. Petersburg’s Municipal Elections

The St. Petersburg general election is Tuesday, Nov. 2. The deadline to request a mail-in ballot was Oct.

  • There will be no early in-person voting this year. Voters can cast a mail-in ballot or head to the polls on Nov. 2.
  • There are more than 20 drop box locations throughout Pinellas County where you can take your mail-in ballot, but several will be closed on Election Day. Use the supervisor of elections website to learn where to take your completed ballot.
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Here’s what else you need to know:

How do I register to vote?

The registration deadline was Oct. 4. You can check your registration status on Pinellas County’s supervisor of elections website.

How do I vote by mail? Are there important deadlines?

Requests for a mail ballot needed to be received by Oct. But you can pick up a mail ballot on Election Day by signing an affidavit that it’s an emergency and that you cannot make it to your assigned polling place.

Your ballot must be completed with a black pen and inserted into a secrecy envelope before being sealed into a return envelope. You must then sign and date the back of the return envelope. Mail completed ballots to the supervisor of elections office or drop them off at your local elections office.

Ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on Election Day. Voters should allow at least one week for their ballot to be mailed to the supervisor of elections office. You can track your mail ballot at VotePinellas.com.

When is election day? When are polls open?

The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 2. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Use the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections website to find a polling place near you.

Can I vote in person before election day?

No. The city has chosen not to conduct early voting.

Do I need identification to vote?

Yes. Florida law requires voters to show a photo and signature ID, such as a Florida driver’s license, state-issued identification card, military ID or passport. A full list of acceptable IDs can be found on the supervisor of elections website. Without a valid ID, a voter may cast a provisional ballot, which will be presented to the canvassing board to determine eligibility.

What races are on the ballot?

Mayor

  • Robert G. Blackmon
  • Ken Welch

City CouncilDistricts 1, 2, 4, 6 and 8

  • District 1: Copley Gerdes, Bobbie Shay Lee
  • District 2: Brandi Gabbard, Kyle Hall
  • District 4: Lisset Hanewicz, Tom Mullins
  • District 6: Gina Driscoll, Mhariel A. Summers
  • District 8: Jeff Danner, Richie Floyd

This guide, published on Jul. 25, was updated on Oct. 26 with more information about voting by mail.

Also of Interest:

Sours: https://states.aarp.org/florida/st-petersburg-election-voting-guide


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