Pinellas elections supervisor mails out 187K ballots for CD 13 election

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Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark announced sending out 193,744 mail-in ballots Friday to voters in Florida’s 13th Congressional District and 12 municipalities in advance of the March 11 Special General and Municipal Elections.

The district, which covers an area from Dunedin south to western and northern St. Petersburg, will receive 187,608 ballots, which ask voters to choose who will replace the late U.S. Rep. C. W. Bill Young.

The Republican represented the district for 40 years until his death on October.

On the ballot are Republican David Jolly, former Democratic state CFO and 2010 gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink, and Libertarian candidate Lucas Overby.

In addition to the congressional race, there are municipal elections being held for a number of city seats — including mayors of St. Pete Beach, Madeira Beach and Safety Harbor; two Clearwater City Commission seats; and councilmembers in Gulfport, Tarpon Springs, South Pasadena, Pinellas Park, and Redington Shores, among others.

According to the SOE office, all eligible registered voters in the 13th Congressional District or municipalities conducting elections on March 11 can request a ballot by mail and vote in the comfort of their homes.

The department will also handle other mail ballot requests as received. On January 24, 2,283 ballots were mailed to absent military and overseas voters.

Voters requesting a mail ballot can visit www.votepinellas.com, call (727) 464-VOTE (8683), or email absentee@votepinellas.com  and must include the date of birth.

The deadline to request mail-in ballots is 5 p.m. March 5. The deadline for mail ballots to be received by the SOE for this election is 7 p.m. March 11.

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