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Statewide voter turnout currently around 17 percent

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There’s just a few hours left until the polls close, and statewide turnout is currently under 20 percent. Forty-seven counties in Florida have started to report turnout numbers, according to LobbyTools. The legislative monitoring service reported that more than 2.1 million votes have already been cast. That brings statewide turnout to just over 17 percent. Statewide turnout in the 2014 primary was 18 percent. Two years earlier, statewide turnout was 21 percent. The turnout snapshot is in line with predictions…

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Associated Industries of Florida’s political shop foresees under 20% primary turnout

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A tout sheet circulated by Associated Industries of Florida shows internal projections of just under 20 percent turnout for today’s primary election. “We … believe statewide turnout is headed to 19-20% or close to 2.5 million total votes,” writes Ryan Tyson, AIF’s Vice President of Political Operations. To be precise, Tyson and Co. are predicting 2,425,718 votes cast out of 12,370,930 registered voters, for a percentage of 19.6 percent. To compare, the 2014 primary saw 18 percent overall turnout and 2012’s primary had about 21…

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Key races could pump up projected turnout figures

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Primaries do not normally gain a great deal of attention or interest among the average voter. Those voting in primaries are often the liberal or conservative ideologues, or those focusing on specific issues. Florida has a number of interesting primaries contested Tuesday. There is no better guide to today’s elections than the one put out by Peter Schorsch and the team at FloridaPolitics.com. If you missed it, you can find it here. Turnout can sometimes be abysmally low. The last…

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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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Calling B.S. on Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda

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Like too many lawmakers and elected officials throughout Florida, state Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda did not vote in the March 15th Presidential Preference Primary, as reported by the Tallahassee Democrat and WTSP’s Noah Pransky. Most of those elected who failed to show up and do what they frequently ask voters to do – you know, VOTE – went belly up, when asked, and offered the public relations equivalent of, “Yeah, crap, I forgot” or “My bad. Sorry.” And good for them. Bad that they…

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Old Northeast, downtown voters favored Lisa Wheeler-Brown

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Lisa Wheeler-Brown, winner of Tuesday night’s City Council contest, rocked Historic Old Northeast in the election. According to data from the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections, the precincts where Wheeler-Brown earned the most votes over her opponent, Will Newton, were in that general vicinity. She also crushed the vote in downtown. The Old Northeast Precinct No. 135, which butts up against Coffee Pot Bayou, cast more than 250 more votes for Wheeler-Brown than Newton. In the downtown Precinct No. 123, which…

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Plea to St. Pete residents: End voter apathy

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Earlier Tuesday, and a bunch of times over the past several weeks, I shamed the Tampa Bay Times editorial board for taking a narrow stance on City Council races based solely on the Tampa Bay Rays stadium stalemate. Now, though, it’s time to praise Times’ columnist John Romano who is not on the editorial board. Looking down the barrel at lackluster voter turnout in what is actually a pretty damn important local election, Romano not so subtly heckled the tens…

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