With mailing of ballots to military and overseas voters on Dec. 15, Florida's prez primary begins in earnest

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Forget Iowa and New Hampshire.

On December 15, the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections will mail approximately 1,000 ballots to absent military and overseas voters requested to datemarking the begining of Florida’s presidential preference primary.

State law requires ballots for absent military and overseas voters to be mailed at least 45 days prior to an election.

Absent military and overseas voters include all active-duty military, their spouses and dependents, currently absent from their places of residence; and civilians who are U.S. citizens residing outside the United States.

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