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.
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.