Mail ballots on the way for Aug. 26 elections

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In Pinellas County, registered Republicans have the most decisions to make during the Aug. 26 primary election, but Democrats and independents also have choices at the state and local level.

Republicans and Democrats will pick their candidates to continue on to the November general election for governor and lieutenant governor and state representative. Republicans also will choose a candidate for state senator. Democrats will pick a candidate for attorney general.

Locally, Republicans also will pick candidates for District 2 and 4 county commission races. District 2 is an at-large position and all eligible voters countywide can participate in that election. District 4 is a single member position and only voters in the district can participate.

The commission race for District 6, also a single member position, is a Universal Primary. Only two candidates qualified and both are Republicans. However, per state law, all voters in the district, regardless of political affiliation will vote in a universal primary, since there is no candidate to run against in November. The winner of the primary will be the winner of the race.

All registered voters also are eligible to vote Aug. 26 in nonpartisan elections, which include a Sixth Circuit judge race and school board positions in districts 2, 3, 4 and 6. A county referendum question also appears on the ballot.

The last day to register to vote or change party affiliation is July 28. Mail ballots are scheduled to go out July 22. Early voting is set for Aug. 16-24. For more election information, visit www.votepinellas.com.