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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Look here for results and local coverage of the state and national races from Election Day 2012.
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Tuesday, November 6, 2012
For the second straight presidential election, Barack Obama has carried Pinellas County.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
President Barack Obama has carried Pinellas County for the second election in a row. The results are in, and Pinellas County has named its choice for the White House. Obama has taken the county with 52 percent of the vote, according to results on the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections website. A total of 230,990 ballots were cast in Obama’s favor in Pinellas County. Republican challenger Gov. Mitt Romney came in second with 206,685 ballots cast in his favor, which works out to 46 percent. A total of 444,001 votes were cast in the presidential race in Pinellas, according to the Pinellas Supervisor of Election's unofficial results. In 2008, Pinellas also went to Obama, who won 53 percent of the vote compared to Republican challenger …
Gualtieri, appointed interim sheriff in 2011, easily beat Democratic challenger Scott Swope in Tuesday's election.
Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri easily defeated challenger Scott Swope on Tuesday. With 299 of 299 Precincts Reporting, Gualtieiri won 59.24 percent to 40.45 percent. "It’s a great night and a culmination of 18 months of a lot of hard work by a lot of people." Gualtieri told a cheering crowd of more than 500 at the Hilton Carillon on Tuesday night. Gualtieri was appointed interim sheriff by Gov. Rick Scott in November 2011, after Jim Coats retired from the job. He beat former Pinellas Sheriff Everitt Rice in a contentious Republican Primary Election in August. Gualtieri singled out the heated primary race as tough, along with the last two months of campaigning against Swope. He said the "significant" margin of victory means the …
Democratic challenger Scott Swope called Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri and left a message telling him to "do good for these next four years."
Democratic challenger for Pinellas County Sheriff Scott Swope thanked volunteers, supporters and friends at the VFW in Dunedin shortly after conceding to incumbent Bob Gualtieri in Tuesday's election. Swope called Gualtieri and left a message telling him to "do good for these next four years." Swope made the call after 85 percent of the vote was in favor of the incumbent. This is "the end of a 14-month journey that has been very, very strenuous, time consuming and expensive," he said. Swope received more than 205,000 votes but trailed Gualtieri by more than 20,000 votes with nearly all precincts reporting. Swope called the campaign a "David vs Goliath" battle from the beginning and is proud of the votes he earned. "I am rejuvenated in my …
Clearwater voters gave their OK to changes to the city employee pension plan and to exempting some businesses from paying ad valorem taxes at the polls Tuesday.
Clearwater voters gave their OK to changes to the city employee pension plan and to exempting some businesses from paying ad valorem taxes at the polls Tuesday. Mayor George N. Cretekos called the passing of both referendums “fantastic.” Modifications to the city’s pension plan could save the city $4.5 million the first year and more than $400 million over 30 years through pension benefit level reductions. “It is going to have a significant impact on our budget, on our services and on our tax rate,” Cretekos said Tuesday night. Clearwater voters gave overwhelming support to the referendum to allow the business tax exemptions, approving it with 56 percent of the vote. Voting “yes” to create Economic Development Ad Valorem Tax Exemptions …
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 disagreement over campaign signs caused a back-and-forth exchange between a campaign volunteer and Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos, who served as a poll worker Tuesday at a Dunedin church.
Two campaign signs. Two swaths of grass. Two reactions. A First Presbyterian Church of Dunedin maintenance official removed a "Bob Hackworth for Mayor" yard sign planted on a vacant swath of prime campaign real estate. A sign for incumbant Dave Eggers rested against a tree nearby. The swath of grass belongs to the church and borders its parking lot, where voters parked to cast their vote at precinct 537 on Tuesday. Another grass patch, which runs a stretch of Highland Avenue and is divided by a public sidewalk, is considered public right of way. Campaign signs are allowed there. It was cluttered with a rainbow of signs, with no visual breathing room. Campaigner Bill McElligott, who'd been standing on the corner much of the day, returned …