Supervisor of Elections Mails Ballots for August 26 Primary Election
Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark mailed more than 55,000 ballots Thursday to registered voters who requested mail ballots for the August 26 Primary Election. More than 2,400 ballots were mailed to military and overseas voters on Monday.
While most voters know that the President/Vice President race and various proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution will be on the November 4 General Election ballot, they also need to be aware that there are many important races on the August 26 Primary Election ballot.
The August Primary includes races with more than one candidate from a political party, in order to select a nominee to face opponents from other political parties in the November 4 General Election. Any partisan races that do not have more than one candidate from the same party will be placed on the General Election ballot.
The August Primary ballot also includes nonpartisan races for Circuit Judge and School Board. If no candidate wins more than 50 percent of the votes in a nonpartisan race, the two candidates with the most votes will be placed on the General Election ballot.
In Pinellas County, Republican primaries will be held for Property Appraiser and County Commissioner District 1, at large. Democratic primaries will be held for Sheriff and County Commissioner District 3, at large.
Democratic primaries will be held in parts of Pinellas County for Congressional Districts 9 and 10, State Senate District 11 and State House District 55. Democratic primaries will also be held in some precincts for party committeemen and committeewomen.
Florida is a closed primary state. Only voters registered with the Republican or Democratic parties will receive ballots with their respective party primaries.
Nonpartisan races on the August Primary ballot include School Board Member Districts 1 and 2, at large; School Board Member District 4, single member; and 6th Circuit Judge, Groups 6 and 8.
For candidates, polling places and other election information, visit www.votepinellas.com and click on Current Elections. For a precinct-specific sample ballot, click on Find Your Precinct, enter the requested information, then select Republican, Democratic or Nonpartisan ballot.
Any registered voter may vote by mail. Call (727) 464-6788 to request a mail ballot.
Ballots must be returned to the Supervisor of Elections by 7 p.m. August 26. Voters may mail or deliver their ballots to any Election Office, or drop off their ballots at one of numerous convenient ballot dropoff locations throughout the county, available August 11-23. (Specific dates and times of operation will be provided in mail ballot instructions.)
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