LARGO - Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark announced the award of a $1.8 million grant to enhance the absentee voting process for military and overseas citizens.
The award is an expansion on an original grant to a coalition of supervisors of elections, which includes Pinellas County.
The coalition, named Our Mission: Your Vote, originally included 13 counties, and this grant will help expand the project and bring 21 additional Florida counties into its consortium as part of the Electronic Absentee Systems for Elections grant funded by the Federal Voting Assistance Program.
Using the system, voters can request, mark and track their absentee ballots electronically. The system is designed to provide greater online access, automate absentee requests and expedite ballot delivery, making the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act voting process more seamless. Speeding up ballot delivery is expected to increase ballot request and return rates of military and overseas voters.
“Providing ballot access to our men and women serving our country overseas is of the utmost importance,” Clark said. “We will continue to do everything we can to protect their right to vote, just as they are defending our freedoms. We are excited that this project was funded once again to provide this electronic system for ballot delivery to our voters who are stationed overseas.”
Original members of the Our Mission: Your Vote coalition include Baker, Bay, Bradford, Clay, Duval, Escambia, Leon, Nassau, Okaloosa, Pinellas, Putnam, Sarasota, and Wakulla Counties. Joining the coalition include Alachua, Charlotte, Citrus, Collier, Hernando, Highlands, Indian River, Jackson, Levy, Madison, Manatee, Martin, Miami-Dade, Okeechobee, Osceola, St. Johns, Santa Rosa, Sumter, Suwannee, Walton and Washington counties.
For more information, call the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections at 464-VOTE.