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Pinellas elections office sends presidential primary ballots to overseas voters

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More than 1,500 military and overseas voters will receive their absentee ballots soon. The Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Office mailed 1,579 ballots Friday for the Presidential Preference Primary.

Those receiving absentee ballots include active-duty military, their spouses and dependents absent from their place of residence. It also includes civilians who are U.S. citizens, but currently residing abroad.

Another about 203,000 domestic voters will have ballots mailed out near Feb. 9. Legally, ballots must be mailed 28 to 35 days prior to an election.

Civilian voters are defined as citizens living within U.S. borders as well as active-duty military voters living in Pinellas.

Those ballots will be mailed only to those who have requested them. Mail ballots can still be requested until 5 p.m. March 9. Those requests will be filled each day as they are received.

To request a ballot, voters can call the Pinellas Supervisor of Elections office at 727-424-VOTE (8683), by email at absentee@votepinellas.com or online at the Supervisor’s website.

The office will keep daily tabs on updates and statistics regarding mail voting including numbers of ballots mailed and returned, and the percentage returned. That information is also available on the website.

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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