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Mail ballots sent to more than 6,000 St. Pete voters for District 7 primary

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Mail ballots were sent out to 6,182 registered St. Pete voters Tuesday for those living in District 7 for the August 25 primary election. The district encompasses parts of South St. Pete including the Midtown and Child’s Park neighborhoods.

Only voters in that district are eligible to vote in this election.

Only those voters who requested mail ballots will receive them in the first wave of mail outs. Additional requests can still be sent to the Supervisor of Election’s via its website. Voters wishing to vote by mail can also email requests to absentee@votepinellas.com or by calling 727-464-VOTE (8683).

Ballots will be mailed the same day the requests are received during business hours or the following day if it’s after business hours. The deadline to request a mail ballot is August 19 at 5 p.m.

Ballots can be returned to one of three Supervisor of Elections offices by 7 p.m. on Election Day. Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark reminds voters to allow at least five days for ballots to be mailed to ensure on-time delivery.

For those cutting it too close for snail mail, the ballots can be physically dropped off at one of the locations. Those are the Election Service Center at 13001 Starkey Road, the Pinellas County Courthouse at 315 Court Street in Clearwater and the County building on 501 First Avenue North in downtown St. Pete.

Ballots may not be turned in to individual polling places on Election Day.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for Patch.com and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email janelle@floridapolitics.com.

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