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New St. Pete voters face Monday deadline to register for primary election

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St. Petersburg residents looking to vote in the Aug. 29 municipal primary election have to be registered to vote by July 31.

The Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections issued a deadline reminder Wednesday, and said voter registration applications will be available at any elections supervisor office, public library, tax collector office or government office handling social services.

New registrants can also download the application on the supervisor’s website and deliver it by mail or in person to any of the three elections supervisor offices. Applications do not need to arrive by July 31, but they must be postmarked by that date.

The Monday deadline applies only to new voters, the supervisor’s office said. Voters who are already registered to vote in Florida do not need to re-register but can update their registration information.

Many of those changes can be made online or over the phone or by calling (727) 464-VOTE. Name changes, signatures updates and switching political parties can be made by completing and signing a voter registration application and returning it to the Supervisor of Elections Office.

The Aug. 29 primary election could decide the next mayor of St. Petersburg. Candidates on the ballot include Mayor Rick Kriseman, former Mayor Rick Baker as well as Anthony Cates, Paul Congemi, Theresa Lassiter and Jesse Nevel.

Voters within District 6 will also choose who will take over for term-limited council member Karl Nurse. Candidates in that race include Gina Driscoll, Corey Givens, Maria Scruggs, Eritha Cainion, James Jackson, Justin Bean, James Scott and Robert Blackmon.

In both races an outright winner will be declared if any candidate gets more than 50 percent of the vote. If no candidate crosses that threshold, the first and second place finishers will be on the November ballot.

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Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for SaintPetersBlog and FloridaPolitics.com. While at the University of Florida, Wilson was an editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and after graduation, he moved to Los Angeles to cover business deals for The Hollywood Reporter. Before joining Extensive Enterprises, Wilson covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools.

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