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Vote-by-mail ballots fix passes House

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A bill that would let voters fix mismatching signatures on their vote-by-mail ballots so they can be counted has passed the House of Representatives. The House approved the bill (HB 105), sponsored by House Democratic Leader Janet Cruz of Tampa, by a unanimous vote of 113-0 on Thursday. It would require supervisors of elections and their staff to allow voters to turn in an affidavit to cure any signature discrepancies until 5 p.m. the day before an election. They would need…

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Deborah Clark sends out record 262K mail ballots to Pinellas voters

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The Pinellas Supervisor of Elections Office sent out 262,142 mail ballots Tuesday to voters for the Nov. 8 General Election. That’s a new record for Deborah Clark’s office as the largest-ever bulk mailing of mail ballots. Thus far, Clark has sent a total of 266,176 ballots for the General Election. That includes Tuesday’s mailing and a mailing last month of 3,448 ballots to military and overseas voters. That total accounts for about 42 percent of Pinellas’ 637,021 registered voters. Of…

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Vote-by-mail ballot requests getting closer to 1 million

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The number of vote-by-mail ballots requested by voters for the November general election is creeping steadily toward 1 million. The tally, as of Friday, according to the state’s Division of Elections is 834,481. That includes ballots mailed by Florida elections supervisors to service members and others outside the country. Registered Republicans lead Democrats by 348,139 to 327,010, a gap of 21,129. Other party voters are at 21,505 and no-party-affiliated voters are at 137,827. At this point, 44 of the state’s 67 counties have not yet reported ballot figures, according…

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GOP leading Democrats in votes-by-mail

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Republicans are leading Democrats in the number of votes-by-mail already turned in for the 2016 primary election by more than 14,000 ballots. The latest figures were on the state’s Division of Elections website Friday morning. Registered Republicans submitted 98,311 ballots to their county supervisors of elections, with registered Democrats turning in 83,805. Historically, Florida Republicans have had an advantage with vote-by-mail ballots, while the Democrats were stronger with early voting. No-party-affiliated voters tally 24,837, and “other” is at 5,399, according to the website, for an overall…

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Florida election officials: Donald Trump’s name not left off ballot

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Florida election officials said Tuesday that Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump‘s name was not left off ballots in a town in South Florida, despite a small number of voter complaints. Florida is a closed-primary state, which means only registered Republicans would get a ballot listing Trump and the other GOP candidates. Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher said that independent voters can’t vote in the primary. Bucher said Tuesday that some residents in Jupiter, Florida who were voting…

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Bill Foster says he’s a ‘progressive’ leader as ballots for early voters arrive in mailboxes

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The Pinellas Supervisor of Elections got its act together — what would Deborah Clark do without John Buckmaster? — and mailed out the ballots to so-called early voters for the St. Petersburg Municipal Elections. The ballots are usually followed by the direct mail of candidates smart enough to track these early voters. But in a race in which 55,000 ballots were mailed to early voters, I cannot see the value in spending almost $30K to sending each prospective voter a…

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