Thursday, November 8, 2012
Supervisor of Elections spokesperson Nancy Whitlock says it's not known if the uncounted ballots will impact close races.
The Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections' canvassing board is spending Wednesday morning processing about 9,000 mail ballots. Spokesperson Nancy Whitlock says the mail ballots were dropped off at polling locations all over the county Tuesday. Voters had until 7 p.m. to drop off the ballots. Whitlock says it is not known if the uncounted ballots will impact close races like the Palm Harbor Fire Commission Seat 3, in which challenger Debbie Buschman beat incumbent Bob Shatanoff by 247 votes. "We'll just have to wait and see. It will be several hours," Whitlock told Patch on Tuesday morning. Whitlock says the election supervisor's office will update its website with updated vote totals after all of the mail ballots have been processed. …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
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Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Parents brought their children with them to the polls Tuesday in Clearwater.
Voting is a family affair for the Alonsos. Theresa Alonso, 28, went to the polls at precinct 521 the Salvation Army, 1625 N. Belcher Rd., with her husband and 20-month old son Tuesday afternoon. “He lives here too,” Alonso said. She said voting is very important and that she makes sure to get to the polls each election season. She did not have a long wait and the family was in and out of the precinct in about 20 minutes. She was not the only parent who brought their children to the polls Tuesday. Mandy Adams is a school teacher at Curtis Fundamental Elementary, where she spent the day talking to her class about the importance of voting. Her daughter Ava, a student at the school, was with her mother to see the words put into action …
A glitch in the phone system caused the calls to go out.
Early on Election Day, the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Office made automatic calls telling voters them that they could vote until 7 p.m. Wednesday, the day after election day, according to Tampabay.com. Of course, polls close at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Nancy Whitlock, with the Pinellas Supervisor of Elections Office told Patch that there were 12,310 calls placed between 8 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Earlier reports said that perhaps only a few hundred people got the call. All 12,310 were then called back with the correct information, Whitlock said. The calls told voters who requested mail ballots but had not turned them in that they had until 7 p.m. tomorrow to turn them in. Did you get one of these calls? Let us know in the comments …
Storms knocked out power to three Pinellas precincts.
This moring's storms caused some concern when power was lost at a few polling locations in Pinellas County. According to Tampabay.com, the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections' office says power was lost for about 10 minutes at Bethel Metropolitan Baptist Church. At Prayer Tower Church of God, the power was out for close to 45 minutes. The article says that everyone was able to vote. Nancy Whitlock, communications director for the Supervisor of Elections, told Tampabay.com: "The ballot scanners all have battery backup, so if there was a power outage, it should not affect the voting." Read the complete story here.
Residents headed to the polls were experiencing no wait around 9 this morning.
With Election Day in full swing, Clearwater voters wasted no time in having their votes counted at the Countryside Library on Tuesday morning. According to Precinct Deputy Mel Schwartz, 82, there was a hefty wait when the polls opened at 7 a.m., but by 8:30 the line lessened. "There was a nice, long line earlier," said Schwartz. "The first voter was here at 6 a.m." He added that within the first active half hour at the polls, 25 people had voted. Schwartz said that working at the polls has given him great joy over the years and that he sees it as his way of giving back. "I'm doing a civil duty," said Schwartz. Although the rain was heavy in the early morning hours, it lightened up later on. But Pamela Peters, 65, didn't think that the …
Friday, November 2, 2012
The League of Women Voters wants Florida Governor Rick Scott to extend the early-voting period until Sunday, Nov. 4 to accomodate voters. The League mentions media reports about people waiting in line for up to six hours to vote.
The League of Women Voters of Florida is hoping to convince Florida Gov. Rick Scott to extend the state's early voting period to Sunday, Nov. 4, to accommodate the needs of voters. Early voting is currently scheduled to end at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3. On Thursday, the league sent a letter to Scott that mentioned how some people have stood in line for hours waiting to vote. Here in Pinellas County, the Supervisor of Elections website says 24,156 people have participated in early voting as of Thursday afternoon, and 187,675 mail ballots have been submitted. A record-breaking 300,000 mail ballot requests have been submitted in Pinellas County. The Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections website also has a page that gives a real-time estimate …
Monday, August 13, 2012
Pinellas County voters go to the polls Aug. 14 for the Primary Election to decide the Republican nominee for sheriff as well as other state and local offices.
Monday, August 13, 2012
Pinellas County voters will go to the polls Tuesday for the Primary Election. The race between interim sheriff Bob Gualtieri and former sheriff Everett Rice is drawing local interest. The two veteran law enforcers are in a battle to be the GOP nominee for sheriff in November's general election. Rice, 67, was Pinellas sheriff from 1988 to 2004 prior to serving in the State Legislature and working as an attorney. He seeks to oust Gualtieri, appointed sheriff by Gov. Rick Scott last November, after Jim Coats retired. The two squared off in several forums this summer, including a Patch-sponsored debate July 17, at the Unitarian Universalists Octagon Arts Center in Clearwater. The winner in Tuesday's primary will face Democratic challenger …
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
The Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections posted the updated districts as a result of this year's redistricting process.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark announced that all new district and precinct information is now uploaded into the voter database to allow voters to look up their precinct, district and polling place information online. “Now that the redistricting process is complete and the database is updated," Clark said in a news release, "the Find Your Precinct feature on our Web site allows a voter to enter a residence street name and follow the prompts to find the correct precinct. Once the correct precinct is located, the voter can view the voting districts and polling place.” The Voter Look-up feature is also operational, which provides voters with updated information about their registration, ballot requests and voter …