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Reminders for Jan. 31 presidential primary, municipal elections
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Reminders for Jan. 31 presidential primary, municipal elections

Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark encourages citizens who plan to vote in the January 31 Presidential Preference Primary and Municipal Elections to remember the following information to make Election Day go smoothly:

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO VOTE

  • Only the Republican Party is having a presidential primary election. Florida is a “closed primary” state; only registered Republicans are eligible to vote for the Republican presidential nominee.
  • All registered voters in the five municipalities conducting elections (Clearwater, Kenneth City, Safety Harbor, Tarpon Springs and St. Pete Beach - Districts 1 and 3) on Jan. 31 may vote in their respective nonpartisan elections.
  • The deadline to register to vote and change political party affiliation was Jan. 3 (29 days prior to the election).

WHEN

  • Polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day.

WHERE

  • State law requires that voters vote in the precinct in which he/she resides. If you have moved, you are required to vote in your new home precinct.
  • Some polling places have changed. Voters are encouraged to confirm their polling places by visiting www.votepinellas.com or calling (727) 464-VOTE.

HOW

  • Bring photo and signature identification with you to the polls to avoid delays and extra paperwork. Anyone without valid and current photo and signature ID can vote a provisional ballot. The canvassing board will later determine the validity of any provisional ballots.  Valid provisional ballots will be included in official election results. 
  • A change in election law now requires voters who make out of county address changes at the polls vote a provisional ballot, except for active military voters and their families. Address changes can be made by calling 464-VOTE (8683) or emailing election@votepinellas.com; include date of birth.
  • Name and party changes may be made by sending a signed, written statement to the Supervisor of Elections; include date of birth or voter ID number. However, the deadline to make party changes for this election was January 3 (29 days prior to the election). Any updates, including signatures, can be made by completing and signing a voter registration application, available at www.votepinellas.com, and returning it to the Supervisor of Elections.

EARLY VOTING

  • Early Voting continues through 4 p.m. Saturday, January 28 in all three Elections Offices: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Check early voting wait times online at www.votepinellas.com

MAIL BALLOTS

  • Mail ballots may be picked up or voted in person at any Elections Office through Election Day. Ballots must be received by 7 p.m. January 31 in any of the three Elections Offices or ballot dropoff sites in order to be counted. Mail ballots cannot be accepted at a precinct polling place. Visit www.votepinellas.com for a list of ballot dropoff sites.
  • Ballot dropoff sites are available through 7 p.m. Election Day. Check www.votepinellas.com for days, locations and hours.
  • A voter who requests a mail ballot but later decides to vote at the polling place instead may bring his/her ballot to the polling place to be cancelled and then receive a new ballot to vote at the polls.

OTHER INFORMATION

  • No political activity or campaign signs are allowed inside the polling place or within 100 feet of the polling place entrance. Exit polling is permitted in designated areas as voters are leaving the polls.
  • No photography is allowed inside the polling place.
  • Sample ballots may be viewed at www.votepinellas.com.

If you have any other election-related questions, please call the Elections Office at (727) 464-VOTE (8683).

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