|October 29, 2012|
For More Information Contact
Nancy Whitlock, Communications Director
(727) 464-7493 or (727) 464-6108
Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark announced that mail ballot requests exceeded 300,000 today (October 29) – breaking the previous record of 258,606 ballot requests for the 2010 General Election and 45% more than the 206,803 requests for the 2008 General Election.
“This is a clear message from our voters that they prefer the convenience of mail ballots,” Clark said. “While 48% of our registered voters have chosen this method of voting, more than 145,000 have already returned their voted ballots. In fact, Pinellas County voters account for 10.7% of all mail ballots cast in the state.”
Unofficial turnout for Pinellas County through yesterday is 24.2%, including mail ballots and early voting, while unofficial turnout statewide is 15.6%.
“There is no doubt that mail ballots increase turnout,” Clark said.
Voters may request a mailed ballot through Wednesday (October 31) online at www.votepinellas.com or by calling (727) 464-VOTE (8683). Voters may also pick up ballots in any Elections Office through Election Day, November 6. All ballots must be received by 7 p.m. Election Day in order to be counted, and all eligible mail ballots are counted and included in the final election results.
Voters may return their ballots by mail or drop off their ballots until 7 p.m. election day at one of the 14 convenient designated dropoff locations throughout the county, including several libraries, county offices, and any Elections Office. All dropoff locations have a secure ballot box with an elections staff person nearby for the safety of your ballot. Specific locations, dates and times of operation for the dropoff sites are included in the mail ballot kits.