Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark mailed a total of 2,214 ballots for the August 14 Primary Election to absent military and overseas voters on Friday, meaning the 2012 primary election is officially underway.
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. State law requires that ballots for these voters be mailed no later than 45 days prior to an election.
On July 10, Clark will begin mailing approximately 225,000 ballots to domestic voters who have requested ballots to date. State law requires domestic ballots to be mailed between 35 and 28 days prior to an election.