Last-minute reminders for next Tuesday’s primary election in St. Petersburg

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  •  A resident who was registered to vote by August 1 and who lives within District 1 of the City of St. Petersburg is eligible to vote in the August 30 Primary.
  • The two candidates receiving the most votes in the Primary for District 1 will advance to the November 8 St. Petersburg General Election, which will also include Districts 3, 5 and 7 council races. All district council races are elected at-large in the General Election.
  • Polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day.
  • Polling places for municipal elections may be different than for countywide elections. Voters are encouraged to confirm their polling places by visiting www.votepinellas.com or calling (727) 464-VOTE (464-8683).
  • State law requires that a citizen vote in the precinct in which he/she resides. If you have moved, you are required to vote in your newhome precinct.
  • Please bring photo and signature identification with you to the polls if possible to avoid delays and extra paperwork. Anyone without valid and current ID can vote a provisional ballot. The canvassing board will later determine the validity of any provisional ballots.
  • A change in election law now requires that address changes from out of county made at the polls will require the voter to vote a provisional ballot, except for active military voters and their families. Address changes can be made by calling 464-VOTE or emailing election@votepinellas.com; include date of birth.
  • Name and party changes may be made by sending a signed, written statement to the Supervisor of Elections; include date of birth or voter ID number. Any updates, including signatures, can be made by completing and signing a voter registration application, available at www.votepinellas.com, and returning it to the Supervisor of Elections.
  • It is important to have a current signature on file to verify the signature on your mail ballot certificate envelope.
  • A sample ballot may be viewed at www.votepinellas.com.
  • No political activity or campaign signs are allowed inside the polling place or within 100 feet of the polling place entrance. Exit polling is permitted in designated areas as voters are leaving the polls.
  • No photography is allowed inside the polling place.
  • Mail ballots may be picked up or voted in person at any Elections Office through Election Day. Ballots must be received by 7 p.m. August 30 in any of the three Elections Offices in order to be counted. Mail ballots cannot be accepted at a precinct polling place.
  • A voter who requests a mail ballot but later decides to vote at the polling place instead may bring his/her ballot to the polling place to be cancelled and then receive a new ballot to vote at the polls.
  • If you have any other election-related questions, please call the Elections Office at (727) 464-VOTE (464-8683).

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.