What is the Supervisor of Elections doing to protect the public on Election Day?
The Supervisor of Elections is taking steps to protect voters, poll workers, and staff during the upcoming elections
- Election staff will conduct regular maintenance of all election equipment using sanitizing wipes.
- All polling locations have hand sanitizer available for use by election staff and voters.
- Supervisor of Elections offices increased janitorial staff and hours, added hand sanitizer stations, and provided staff with additional resources to sanitize their personal workstations.
Additionally, voters and poll workers are encouraged to bring personal wipes, hand sanitizer, and pens to their polling location, and to wear masks and keep a distance of six feet or greater from other people.
Can I request a mail ballot if I do not want to vote in person?
Yes. The deadline for voters to request the Supervisor of Elections office mail a ballot to their home is 10 days prior to election day. However, voters may pick up a mail ballot in person through November 2 at any Supervisor of Elections office. Voters can vote on site when they pick up their ballots, or they can drop off their ballots at any ballot drop-off location through November 2. Mail ballot drop-off locations will be closed on Election Day. Voters can drop off their ballots at any of the three Supervisor of Elections offices. All ballots must be received by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. A voter may designate in writing a person to pick up his/her ballot on election day or up to 9 days before an election.
***Pursuant to Florida law, mail ballots cannot be issued on Election Day, except in case of an emergency. In this event, a voter must come to an elections office and complete an affidavit attesting he/she is unable to vote at his/her polling place. A voter can vote and cast his/her ballot at the elections office. All ballot must be received by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.***
I am a Pinellas County resident who was displaced by COVID-19. Can I request a mail ballot?
Yes. Visit VotePinellas.com to request a mail ballot. Add the temporary mailing address to your voter file and indicate how long you will be at that residence. We will send a mail ballot to your temporary address for the duration of your stay.
Can someone pick up a mail ballot for me?
Yes. You can designate someone to pick up your mail ballot at any Supervisor of Elections office beginning nine days prior to the election. Your designee will need a photo ID, a signed note from you, the voter, and a completed affidavit to pick up the ballot.
NOTE: Any person who provides or offers to provide, and any person who accepts, a pecuniary or other benefit in exchange for distributing, ordering, requesting, collecting, delivering, or otherwise physically possessing more than two mail ballots per election in addition to his or her own ballot, or a ballot belonging to an immediate family member, except as provided in F.S. 101.6105-101.694, commits a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in F.S. 775.082, 775.083 or 775.084.
Has my polling location changed?
Some polling places have changed. Voters can find the most up-to-date information about polling place locations by following this link.
The Centers for Disease Control recommends minimizing close contact with people, especially in a crowded setting. What is the Supervisor of Elections doing to control the crowds at polling locations?
The best way to minimize Election Day crowds is for voters to be Election Ready.
- Use the Find Your Precinct feature on our website to find your polling place, or call (727) 464-VOTE (8683).
- Make any address changes prior to Election Day online at VotePinellas.com, by telephone (727) 464-VOTE (8683), or via email Election@VotePinellas.com (include birth date).
- Voters should bring photo and signature identification to the polls to avoid delays. Anyone without valid and current ID may vote a provisional ballot. The canvassing board will determine the validity of any provisional ballots, and valid ballots will be included in the Official Election Results.
If you do encounter crowds on Election Day, the Centers for Disease Control recommends wearing a mask and keeping a distance of six feet or greater from other people. Voters can also take advantage of early voting from October 19 through November 1 or request a mail ballot at any of the three Supervisor of Elections office locations. All ballots must be received at an Elections office by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. Wait times for early voting locations are listed on our website.
What if I have an expired state ID ?
Voters should bring other photo and signature identification to the polls. To learn more about acceptable forms of ID’s visit this link.
Can I vote early to avoid crowds on Election Day?
Yes. You can vote early at any Early Voting Location through November 1. The polls are open for early voting Monday-Sunday 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Can I wear protective clothing to my polling location?
Yes. Voters who wish to wear protective clothing, such as masks or gloves, to their polling location may do so.
Am I required to wear a mask?
Please see County Ordinance 20-14