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Pinellas voter turnout already at 15 percent

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With a week to go before the primary, about 15 percent of Pinellas County’s 625,961 voters have already cast ballots. The total 93,645 ballots include 92,818 mail-in ballots received since July 19 and 827 votes cast since early polling began Saturday. The figures, accurate as of 9 a.m. Tuesday, are from the Pinellas County Elections Office. Thus far, the number of Republicans voting outstrips the number of Democrats: 40,562 to 37,923. Libertarians have cast 185 ballots and those who have…

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Matthew Isbell: A deep dive into proposed Tampa Bay Senate maps

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One major point of contention during the first week of the Special Session to redraw the Florida Senate seats has been the Tampa Bay area. Many spectators expected the Florida Senate to abandon efforts to cross the Tampa Bay from Pinellas to Hillsborough County, which they did in two districts in 2012. You can see this in the map below. The 19th district was used to create an African-American seat in the Tampa Bay region. Meanwhile, the 22nd district combined…

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Voting-by-mail becoming the clear choice of Pinellas voters in municipal elections

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Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark is right. Opponents of early voting, such as the St. Petersburg Times, are wrong. When it comes to voting-by-mail, the issue is as simple as that. Two years worth of elections clearly show that voters prefer early voting and voting-by-mail, at least as voter turnout is concerned. I’ve taken a look at the 2009 and 2010 municipal elections and the data clearly indicates that Pinellas voters have not only accepted the concept of…

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