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Time is Running Out to Register to Vote

Since Florida is a “closed primary” state, only voters registered with a political party may vote in that party’s primary. All registered voters may vote in nonpartisan contests, which include judicial and school board.

Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark announces that Monday, July 16 is the deadline to register to vote or change political party affiliation for the August 14 Primary Election. 

Since Florida is a “closed primary” state, only voters registered with a political party may vote in that party’s primary. All registered voters may vote in nonpartisan contests, which include judicial and school board.

Voters who are already registered to vote in Florida do not need to re-register.

A change in election law now requires that address changes from another county that are made at the polls will require the voter to vote a provisional ballot, except for active military voters and their families. 

Address changes can be made by calling 464-VOTE (8683) or emailing  election@votepinellas.com, with date of birth included. Name and party changes may be made by sending a signed, written statement to the Supervisor of Elections and including date of birth or voter ID number.

Any updates, including signatures, can be made by completing and signing a voter registration application and returning it to the Supervisor of Elections. All new applications or party changes received by mail must be postmarked by July 16 in order to be eligible for this election.

Residents may register to vote or update their voter information at any Supervisor of Elections office, public library, driver license office or government office handling social services. Some public libraries have evening and weekend hours.

All Supervisor of Elections offices will be open SaturdayJuly 14, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.:

  • 13001 Starkey Rd. (Starkey Lakes Corporate Center), Largo
  • 315 Court St., Room 117 (Courthouse), Clearwater
  • 501 1st Ave. N. (5th Street entrance), St. Petersburg

Additional voter registration events are scheduled throughout the county. For an updated event list, visit www.votepinellas.com and select News and Events/Voter Education & Registration Events on the home page menu.

Red July 11, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Where do we go to pay Gov.Scott's new poll tax? Do we need to pay it each year or does he just add it up each year into a lump sum?
Red July 11, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Do the independents and republicans have to pay the poll tax , or just democrats? Do we pay at the polls? What?

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