And we're off … Pinellas Supervisor of Elections mails out 2,986 ballots today

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Election Day may be Nov. 6th, but with President Obama grabbing a lead nationally and in key swing states, Floridians are already starting to vote.

In Pinellas County, Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark announced late Friday afternoon that her office mailed a total of 2,986 ballots for the November 6 General Election to absent military and overseas voters.

Absent military and overseas voters include all active-duty military, their spouses and dependents, currently absent from their places of residence; and civilians who are U.S. citizens residing outside the United States. State law requires that ballots for these voters be mailed no later than 45 days prior to an election.

On October 2, Clark will begin mailing approximately 250,000 ballots to domestic voters who have requested ballots to date. State law requires domestic ballots to be mailed between 35 and 28 days prior to an election.

Additional mail ballot requests will be fulfilled daily as received.

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