SEMINOLE – At their June 25 meeting, Seminole City Council approved a contract with the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections for the 2019 Seminole municipal election, which will take place Tuesday, Nov. 5.
The Supervisor of Elections will conduct the election in coordinator with the city clerk.
Councilors also approved a reduction in the number of polling stations from 10 to 3 for the 2019 election. Mark Ely, the city’s community development director, said that by reducing the number of polling stations, the estimated savings to the city is around $13,000.
The three stations are: Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th N.; Seminole United Methodist Church, 5400 Seminole Blvd.; and Starkey Road Baptist Church, 8800 Starkey Rd.
More polling stations than this are unnecessary, “this year being an odd year with nothing on a general ballot other than city elections,” Ely said.
Mayor Waters said, “Some years we have more. This year only calls for three.”
She added that a majority of Seminole residents vote by mail.
Ely said that election years with “large items,” such as candidates for president, governor, Senate and the House of Representatives, tend to have a larger draw. The 2019 election is similar to the 2015 election, he said.
According to information included with the June 25 meeting agenda 232 Seminole residents cast ballots at three local polls, while 2,275 voted by mail. During the 2018 midterm election, 2,710 residents voted at 10 polling locations with 6,189 voting by mail and 912 opting for early voting.