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Early voting starts Monday in Pinellas

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Early voting starts Monday for Pinellas voters who want to cast ballots in person.

Remote mail ballot drop-off locations also will be available beginning Monday.

About 13.5 percent of all voters have already cast their ballots by mail and returned them to the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Office. The 87,426 ballots the elections office had received by early Thursday accounts for about 30.4 percent of the 287,796 ballots the elections office has sent out.

deborah_clark“Pinellas County voters continue to enjoy the convenience of voting by mail, and we have already received back more than 25 percent of the ballots mailed to voters for the Nov. 8 general election,” Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark said. “Our offices are now scheduled to be open each day between now and Election Day — the next 20 straight days — to help meet the needs of our voters.”

Early voting will be conducted from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. starting Monday and running through Nov. 6 in these locations:

— Election Service Center, 13001 Starkey Road, Largo (Starkey Lakes Corporate Center)

— Pinellas County Courthouse, 315 Court St., Room 117, Clearwater (first floor, north side)

— County Building, 501 First Ave. N., St. Petersburg (entrance on 5th Street)

— Centre of Palm Harbor, 1500 16th St., Palm Harbor

— Gulfport Neighborhood Center, 1617 49th St. S., Gulfport

These remote ballot drop-off sites will be available Monday through Nov. 7 during specified hours; some locations are open Saturdays — all are closed for ballot drop off on Election Day:

Five Tax Collector Offices:

— Tarpon Springs, 743 Pinellas Ave. S., Tarpon Springs

— North County, 29399 U.S. Highway. 19 N., Clearwater

— Gulf to Bay, 1663 Gulf to Bay Blvd., Clearwater

— South County, 1800 66th St. N., St. Petersburg

— Skyway Plaza, 1067 62nd Ave. S., St. Petersburg

Five Public Libraries:

— East Lake Community Library, 4125 East Lake Road, Palm Harbor

— Oldsmar Public Library, 400 St. Petersburg Drive E., Oldsmar

— Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St. N., Seminole

— Barbara S. Ponce Public Library, 7770 52nd St. N., Pinellas Park

— James Weldon Johnson Branch Library, 1059 18th Ave. S., St. Petersburg

Centre of Palm Harbor, 1500 16th St., Palm Harbor

Gulfport Neighborhood Center, 1617 49th St. S., Gulfport

Election employees are stationed with secure ballot boxes inside each location to assist and hand out “I Voted” stickers. Voted mail ballots may also be dropped off at any of the three elections offices.

All ballots must be received at an elections office by 7 p.m. on Election Day. All accepted mail ballots are included in election results.

Voters may still request a mail ballot by visiting VotePinellas.com, calling (727) 464-VOTE (8683) or emailing MailBallot@VotePinellas.com. Ballots also may be picked up in supervisor of elections offices; however, mail ballot pickup and voting in elections offices on Election Day is only permitted in the case of an emergency.

Please note, postal delivery service has changed. Voters are advised to allow at least one week for their ballot to be returned by mail to the supervisor of elections office.

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