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Optimism holds that 2012’s three-hour and longer voter lines will not reappear

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The record voter turnouts being seen in Orange, Osceola, and many other counties for early- and mail-in voting is offering the best hope that Tuesday Florida might not see many or any of the disastrous and embarrassing three-, four-, and five-hour voting lines that plagued key precincts in the presidential election of 2012. You remember 2012: while voting went relatively smoothly in most of Florida’s 67 counties and in the majority of its precincts, enormous crunches hit others in that…

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Early voting in Pinellas is brisk

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It’s only been two weeks since Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark started sending mail-in ballots to thousands of Pinellas voters for the Aug. 30 election. The election is called a primary election with certain races limited to members of a specific political party. Republicans will have choices of candidates for the U.S. Senate, U.S. House and Pinellas County property appraiser. Democrats will decide on candidates for U.S. Senate and, depending on their district, candidates for state Senate and House. Libertarians…

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Monday is deadline to register to vote in Florida primary

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Monday is the last day to register to vote before Florida’s Aug. 30 primary election. Floridians who want to switch their party affiliation for the primary also must act by the deadline. There are contested primary races for the U.S. Senate on both the Republican and Democratic sides. There are also several contentious races for Congress and the Florida Legislature that will be decided in the primary. Voters who are registered as independents must change their party affiliation in order…

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Legislature sends elections supervisors pay raise, Dozier School for Boys bills to Gov. Rick Scott

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As elections officials across the state are focused election day, Gov. Rick Scott is tasked with pondering giving them a pay raise. The Legislature on Tuesday sent Scott more than a dozen bills, including a proposal that would increase the base salaries of the state’s 67 county elections chiefs. The bill (SB 514) puts elections supervisors in line with the base salaries used for elected clerks and comptrollers, property appraisers and tax collectors. Sen. Garrett Richter and Rep. Frank Artiles,…

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Early voting begins this weekend for Presidential Preference Primary and municipal elections

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Early voting for the March 15 Presidential Preference Primary begins this Saturday and runs through March 13 in Pinellas County. Voting takes place at three Supervisor of Elections offices in St. Petersburgrsburg, Largo and Clearwater. Voting is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Locations include the County building in St. Petersburg located across the street from City Hall at 501 First Ave. N.; in Clearwater at the…

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Outdated voting machines across the U.S. are a $1 billion problem

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There’s a $1 billion problem with America’s voting machines – they’re too old. According to a 10-month-long study conducted by the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law, 43 states are using some machines that will be at least 10 years old in 2016 when presidential candidates are on the ballot. In 14 of those states machines will be at least 15 years old. Considering Florida is the father of the hanging chad that led to…

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The doomsday scenario if John Dingfelder is struck from the ballot

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Don’t know if anyone else is playing three-dimensional chess or not, but it strikes me that there will be a major, major problem if John Dingfelder is, after being put back on the ballot by the local Democratic Party, struck from the ballot by the courts. Because Dingfelder was/is/would be the lone non-Republican on the ballot (there are no other Democrats running, nor any write-in candidates), if he is removed from the ballot that would mean that the Republican primary…

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