PINELLAS COUNTY - As of 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25, 28,270 county residents had taken advantage of early voting, according to Pat Brady with the Pinellas County Supervisor of Election's Office.
Brady said officials were thrilled with the good turnout and that no problems had been reported, except some "hit and miss" times where voters have encountered long lines.
"The lines have been long sometimes," she said. "But, this is a large turnout."
Early voting began Oct. 18 and continues through Nov. 1.
Early voting is not the only way that people can cast their ballots. Some residents have been taking advantage of absentee ballots, which according to Brady, can be requested all the way up to Election Day. However, she said, it is the voter's responsibility to make sure that the ballots are returned to the election office no later than 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2. Ballots received after 7 p.m. Nov. 2 will not be counted.
The cut off to request a ballot by mail is Saturday, Oct. 30. All mail-in requests for absentee ballots will be honored, but ballots requested to be sent out-of-state might not arrive in time to allow voters to meet the return deadline of 7 p.m. Nov. 2. Absentee ballots also can be picked up on Election Day up until 3 p.m., but they must be returned by 7 p.m. Absentee ballot requests from overseas can be e-mailed and ballots faxed back no later than 7 p.m. Nov. 2. For more information on absentee ballots, click here
Voters who don't take advantage of early voting or using absentee ballots will make the traditional trip to the polls, starting at 7 a.m. Election Day polling places will remain open until 7 p.m.
Pinellas County has 590,989 registered votes: 223,544 are registered as Democrats; 231,652 as Republicans; and 135,793 as other.
Voters are assigned polling places within their precincts. Precincts can be found on the voter registration cards. Look for the number under precinct in the top right corner. For a list of precincts and voting places, click here.
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