More than 75K votes cast in CD 13 race, slight GOP lead

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Pinellas County voters reached a milestone Monday by casting more than 75,000 ballots in the Florida’s 13th Congressional District race to replace U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young. 

Of the 193,015 ballot requests for CD 13 to date, 39.6 percent — 76,453 — have returned by February 24, 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.

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

Republican — 78, 190 requested (41 percent of all ballots mailed), and 32,067 were returned, or 42 percent of all ballots returned.
Democratic — of the 71,627 requested (37 percent of all ballots requested) 30,198 were returned, or 39 percent of all ballots returned.
Other/No Party Affiliation — of 43,198 requested, (22 percent of all requested) 14,188 were returned, or 19 percent of all ballots returned. 

The margin between Republican and Democratic mail in ballots, as noted by last week by Adam Smith of the Tampa Bay Times, continues to be well within the GOP voters Democrat Sink expects to siphon off from Jolly. Combined with the increased percentage of “other/NPA” ballots returned (adding another percent from the figures from the middle of February), could further strengthen Smith’s assertion that the returns are “troubling” for Jolly.

Early voting begins March 1-9; 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:

  • Until February 28: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • March 1-9: Monday-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.

March 1 through Election Day March 11, 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 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Election Day, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.)
  • Pinellas Park Library, 7770 52nd St., Pinellas Park: Monday 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 -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  8  a.m. – 4 p.m. (Election Day, 8 a.m.  – 7 p.m.)
  • Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St. N., Seminole: Monday 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.