More than 100K votes cast in CD 13 race, GOP maintaing lead

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Pinellas County voters reached another benchmark Tuesday by breaking the 100,000 mark for ballots cast in the Florida’s 13th Congressional District race.

Wednesday, March 5 is the last day to request a mail-in ballot; requests must be received no later than 5 p.m. on the 6th day prior to an election.

Of the 194,480 ballot requests for CD 13 to date, 102,621 (52.8 percent) have returned by March 4, according to numbers provided by the Supervisor of Election office.

Three candidates are on the ballot: former Bill Young General Counsel David Jolly, past Florida CFO Alex Sink and Libertarian candidate Lucas Overby. Michael S. Levinson is also listed on the site as a write-in candidate, not on the ballot, but a space will be provided to enter his name.

Republicans continue to maintain a slight 3-point mail-in lead in the number of ballots returned— broken down by party affiliation:

  • Republican — 78, 701 requested (40 percent of all ballots mailed), and 43,112 were returned, or 42 percent of all ballots returned.
  • Democratic — of the 72,104 requested (37 percent of all ballots requested) 40,128 were returned, or 39 percent of all ballots returned.
  • Other/No Party Affiliation — of 43,675 requested, (22 percent of all requested) 19,381 were returned, or 19 percent of all ballots returned. 

Democrats also hold a slight two-point lead in early in-person voters.

Of the 1,786 early votes cast, 753 (42 percent) are Republican, 779 (44 percent) are Democrat and 254 (14 percent) are “Other.”

Early voting is through March 9; the general election is March 11.

Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Offices is available for ballot drop-off:

  • 315 Court St., Room 117, Clearwater
  • 501 1st Ave. N., St. Petersburg
  • 13001 Starkey Rd., Largo (Starkey Lakes Corporate Center)

Mail-in ballot drop-offs at the SOE offices are for the following dates and hours:

  • Through March 9: Wednesday-Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Monday, March 10: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 11: 7 a.m. to 7: p.m.

Through Election Day, the following locations will also be available for mail-in ballot drop-offs:

  • North County Tax Collector Office, 29399 US Hwy. 19 N., Clearwater: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Election Day, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.)
  • Pinellas Park Library, 7770 52nd St., Pinellas Park: Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Election Day, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.)
  • Gulf to Bay Tax Collector Office, 1663 Gulf to Bay Blvd., Clearwater: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Election Day, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.)
  • South County Tax Collector Office, 1800 66th St. N., St. Petersburg: Monday-Friday  8  a.m. – 4 p.m. (Election Day, 8 a.m.  – 7 p.m.)
  • Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St. N., Seminole: Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Election Day, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.)

 

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.