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What you need to know about early voting

What you need to know about early voting

(Largo, Fla. - WFLA) Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark reminds voters about early voting and ballot drop-off locations for the March 11, 2014 Special General Election and Municipal Elections. 

In addition to a Special General Election for Congressional District 13, the following 12 municipalities are conducting elections on March 11: Belleair Bluffs, Clearwater, Gulfport, Indian Shores, Kenneth City, Madeira Beach, Pinellas Park, Redington Shores, Safety Harbor, South Pasadena, St. Pete Beach and Tarpon Springs. 

Early voting will be conducted Saturday, March 1 through Sunday, March 9 in all Supervisor of Elections Offices. Hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Supervisor of Elections Offices: 

Election Service Center, 13001 Starkey Rd., Largo (Starkey Lakes Corporate Center) 

Pinellas County Courthouse, 315 Court St., Room 117, Clearwater (first floor, north side) 

County Building, 501 First Ave. N., St. Petersburg (entrance on 5th Street) 

Voters can check early voting wait times online at www.votepinellas.com. 


Ballot Drop-off Locations 

Voted mail ballots can be dropped off at any Elections Office or designated ballot drop-off location during specified days and hours.  Supervisor of Elections Office hours are as follows: 

February 24-February 28: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. -5 p.m. 

March 1-March 9: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 

March 10: Monday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 

March 11: Tuesday/Election Day, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. 


Remote ballot drop-off locations are as follows (days/hours vary): 

Three Tax Collector Offices - open weekdays, March 3-11: 29399 U.S. Hwy. 19 N. (near Curlew), Clearwater; 1663 Gulf to Bay Blvd., Clearwater; and 1800 66th St. N., St. Petersburg 

Two public libraries - open weekdays and Saturdays, March 1-11: 9200 113th St. N., Seminole; and 7770 52nd St., Pinellas Park 


Election employees are stationed with secure ballot boxes inside each location to assist and hand out “I Voted” stickers. A complete schedule is included in the mail ballot kits sent to voters who requested mail ballots and is also available online at www.votepinellas.com by selecting Mail Ballots\Drop-off Locations in the left menu. Ballots cannot be dropped off at a polling place, per state law. 


Ballot Requests 

To request a mail ballot, visit www.votepinellas.com or call (727) 464-VOTE (8683). The deadline to request a ballot to be mailed is 5 p.m. on March 5. Ballots may also be picked up in Supervisor of Elections Offices; however, mail ballot pickup and voting in Elections Offices on Election Day is only permitted in the case of an emergency. A new state law requires that a voter or voter’s designee must sign an affidavit affirming that the voter is unable to go to his/her polling place on Election Day due to an emergency and provide the reason for the emergency. This affidavit and the information provided become public records when submitted to the Supervisor of Elections. 

Voters may track their ballot status online at www.votepinellas.com to find out the date the ballot was mailed and the date the voted ballot was received by the Supervisor of Elections. 

All ballots must be received at an Elections Office or ballot drop-off location by 7 p.m. on Election Day. All accepted mail ballots are included in election results. 

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