Pinellas County consolidating voter precincts

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New county precinct lines submitted by Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark in compliance with Florida Statute 101.001 were approved Tuesday by the Pinellas County Commissioners, reports William Mansell of Patch (which has a smart map worth checking out.)

This approval brings Pinellas County near the completion of its redistricting process, a news release said.

“It is important going into a presidential election to provide our voters with as much continuity as possible,” Clark said in the news release. “After complying with the requirements of new district lines, our number one priority was to minimize the number of polling place changes and to adjust precinct lines so voters are closer to their polling places.”

Redistricting Results:

  • 80% of voters will vote at their current polling places
  • 32% (122) of the precincts have no boundary changes
  • Number of polling places reduced from 238 to 234
  • Number of precincts reduced from 376 to 298, largely by combining precincts that already voted at the same polling places

“Now that the precinct lines are approved,” Clark said in the release, “we will update our voter registration database with the new district and precinct information and will mail new voter information cards to all 600,000 Pinellas County voters in June.”

Voter information cards will include new voting district and precinct numbers, as well as polling places. The cards will be enclosed in red-white-and-blue mailers from the Supervisor of Elections.

According to Clark, the voter registration database will be updated this weekend, and data will be uploaded to the Web site’s Precinct Finder feature to allow voters to look up their precinct, district and polling place information next week.

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