Pinellas elections supervisor receives executive order from Gov. Scott to schedule CD 13 special election

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Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark says she has received an executive order today from Governor Rick Scott to conduct a January 14, 2014 Special Primary and a March 11, 2014 Special General Election for  Congressional District 13. With the unfortunate death of Congressman C.W. “Bill” Young, state statutes require the governor to schedule special elections to fill the vacancy. 

“This congressional district is entirely in Pinellas County and represents 75 percent of our voters,” Clark said. “We appreciate Governor Scott issuing the executive order early and for approving the election schedule proposed by Gary Holland, Assistant Director of the Division of Elections. This schedule includes sufficient time for election preparation and allows time for us to mail ballots to our overseas and military voters 45 days prior to each election so they are not disenfranchised.” 

Currently, 16 municipalities have scheduled elections for March 11, 2014, which will now be held in conjunction with the special general election. 

Voter registration deadlines will be 29 days prior to each election: December 16, 2013 for the special primary and February 10, 2014 for the special general. 

Florida has closed primaries, so only voters registered with a political party may vote in that party’s primary election. Party affiliation may be changed up to 29 days prior to a primary election.

 Early voting will be conducted for each election:

  • Special Primary: January 4-12, 2014
  • Special General: March 1-9, 2014
  • Hours for both elections will be Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.    

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