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Pinellas: Early voting begins March 1
Pinellas County residents casting ballots in District 13 and municipal elections
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Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 11. Voters from 237 precincts will cast their ballots in one of 174 assigned polling places.
Election fever is heating up in Pinellas County as voters make their choice for a new representative in the U.S. Congress and decide the fate of a number of candidates in 12 municipal elections.

Municipalities conducting elections are Belleair Bluffs, Clearwater, Gulfport, Indian Shores, Kenneth City, Madeira Beach, Pinellas Park, Redington Shores, Safety Harbor, South Pasadena, St. Pete Beach and Tarpon Springs.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 11. Voters from 237 precincts will cast their ballots in one of 174 assigned polling places.

According to a fact sheet from the Elections Office, 477,635 registered voters are eligible to take part in the District 13 and municipal elections. Of that number, 460,600 can vote in the District 13 special election 170,565 Republicans (37 percent), 159,213 Democrats (34.6 percent), and 130,822 registered as minor party or no party affiliation (28.4 percent).

Mail ballots

Many registered voters are using mail ballots. As of Tuesday, Feb. 25, 83,168 (nearly 42 percent) of 199,619 mail ballots distributed had been returned to the Elections Office.

In the race for U.S. Representative for District 13, 42 percent of 78,351 ballots distributed to registered Republicans had been returned. Democrats had returned 39 percent of 71,757 ballots. Nineteen percent of 43,257 ballots distributed to voters registered as other had been returned.

The deadline to request a ballot by mail is 5 p.m. March 5. Ballots can be picked up at any Elections Office through March 10. Voters who need to pick up a ballot on Election Day must sign an emergency affidavit stating the person is unable to go to a polling place and why.

Mail ballots must be returned by 7 p.m. March 11 to an Elections Office. They cannot be returned to a polling place. Mail ballots can be returned at remote ballot drop-off locations, including tax collector offices in Clearwater and St. Petersburg as well as Seminole and Pinellas Park libraries. More information on how to return ballots are included with the mail ballot kits.

Early voting

Early voting is scheduled from Saturday, March 1 through Sunday, March 9 in all Supervisor of Elections offices. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Early voting locations are:

Election Service Center, 13001 Starkey Road., 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)

Early voting wait times are available at Color codes represent wait times at each early voting location as follows: Green indicates a wait time less than 20 minutes; yellow, 20 to 40 minutes; and red, more than 40 minutes.

For more information about the March 11 elections, call 464-6788, email or visit To request a mail ballot, email

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