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Deadline to register for St. Pete referendum on Rowdies, Al Lang lease approaches

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St. Petersburg voters wanting a say on extending the Tampa Bay Rowdies lease on Al Lang field should be aware that time is running short to register for the citywide referendum May 2.

Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark is reminding St. Petersburg residents of a deadline Monday, April 3, to register to vote in the St. Petersburg Special Election Referendum set for May 2.

New voters will need to register by the deadline to take part in Referendum. Now-registered Florida voters need not re-register, but it is a good idea to update voter registration information such as address.

St. Petersburg residents will decide on allowing the city to approve extending the Al Lang Field lease with the Tampa Bay Rowdies for up to 25 years, part of a plan by the Rowdies to attract a Major League Soccer expansion team. The team will pay stadium upgrades, and not use tax money.

According to, the referendum will ask:

“May City Council approve an agreement regarding the disposition of Al Lang Field under conditions set forth in ordinance 262-H? These conditions include but are not limited to: term not exceeding 25 years; primary but not sole purpose is a home field for a Major League Soccer expansion team; and City funding shall not be used for stadium upgrades or expansion proposed in bid for expansion team or required for award of expansion team.”

The Supervisor of Elections office has so far mailed 68,444 ballots to domestic voters living in St. Petersburg; registered voters can still request a mail ballot for the referendum. Officials will fill additional mail ballot requests upon receipt.

Elections Offices must receive voted mail ballots must by 7 p.m. Election Day. Clark wants voters to take note of any changes in delivery service, and allow a minimum of one week ballot to be returned by mail to the Elections Office.

Voters can pick up registration applications at any Supervisor of Elections office, public library, tax collector office, government office offering social services. To ask for a mail ballot, residents can also go to, call (727) 464-VOTE (8683) or email [email protected]. The deadline for mail ballot requests is 5 p.m. April 26.


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