Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark announced that mail ballot requests exceeded 300,000 today (October 29) – breaking the previous record of 258,606 ballot requests for the 2010 General Election and 45% more than the 206,803 requests for the 2008 General Election.
“This is a clear message from our voters that they prefer the convenience of mail ballots,” Clark said. “While 48% of our registered voters have chosen this method of voting, more than 145,000 have already returned their voted ballots. In fact, Pinellas County voters account for 10.7% of all mail ballots cast in the state.”
Unofficial turnout for Pinellas County through yesterday is 24.2%, including mail ballots and early voting, while unofficial turnout statewide is 15.6%.
“There is no doubt that mail ballots increase turnout,” Clark said.