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Registration deadline looms for two Pinellas elections

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Monday is the last day to register to vote or change party affiliations for elections on April 21. The deadline affects voters in the Reddington Shores Municipal Election and the House District 64 Special Election.

Residents can pick up voter registration applications from a number of places including the tax collector’s office, libraries or any Supervisor of Elections office. Residents can also register online.

Applications mailed-in must be postmarked by March 23 to be considered.

This deadline affects voters in the Northeast portion of Pinellas and some parts of Hillsborough who are currently unrepresented in the state House. Republican Jamie Grant is the only name on that ballot.

Grant had won re-election last year against Miriam Steinberg, but the results were thrown out because a write-in candidate was wrongfully removed from that race.

The election in Reddington Shores pits incumbent John Branch against Christy Herig. That election has not come without its own complications. A previous candidate, John Bickerstaff, pulled out of the race citing health concerns. That decision forced the city to extend its qualifying period and threatened to postpone the election. But, all’s well that ends well; the election will proceed as scheduled.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for Patch.com and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email janelle@floridapolitics.com.

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