15,100 ballots cast so far in St. Pete primary election

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What started as a trickle now is a steady stream.

Mail-in ballots in the St. Petersburg citywide primary have been coming into the Pinellas County Department of Election, where just over 15,100 voters cast ballots as of Aug. 7.

Of the nearly 63,000 ballots mailed to St. Petersburg primary voters, 24 percent have come back. The DOE is regularly updating ballot numbers, which also include pickups at election offices.

In the past three days, officials have been receiving ballots at a rate of about 1,200 a day.

There were 41,670 ballots requested for districts without an open City Council seat; those voters only need only answer two questions — the race for mayor and the referendum on The Lens.  Of those, 10,157, or 24.4 percent, have returned.

For zones with a race for City Council:  

  • District 6 voters asked for 6,688 mail ballots, and sent back 1,706
  • District 8, it is 1,452 of the 6,592 mailed ballots
  • District 4, it is 1,786 returned of 7,870 requested

According to the Pinellas DOE website, they will accept requests for mail ballots until no later than 5 p.m. on the 6th day prior to the election. This means ballot requests by mail need to be in the DOE offices by Wednesday, Aug. 21.

Voters may also pick up mail ballots in person prior to 7 p.m. Election Day. The St. Pete citywide primary is Aug. 27. 

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.