2020 Election Voter Guide: Pinellas Early Voting Begins Oct. 19

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PINELLAS COUNTY, FL — Voters who prefer to personally cast their ballots but want to avoid long lines on Election Day can begin voting early in Pinellas County Monday.

Early voting in Pinellas County is open for 14 days, from Oct. 19 through Nov. 1 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., including weekends.

Pinellas County voters can choose from any of xxxx early voting locations to vote. This is different from Election Day, when voters must vote in the polling place assigned to their precinct.

Each early voting location will also have a curbside, vote-by-mail drop-off tent for voters who want to turn in their vote-by-mail ballots in person.

The elections office has taken extensive measures to ensure the health and safety of in-person voting.

Only a limited number of people will be allowed inside to ensure social distancing, and surfaces will be cleaned throughout the day. Poll workers are required to wear masks at all times, and face shields or plexiglass barriers will provide additional protection.

Supervisor of Elections Julie Marcus asks that all voters wear masks and will have them available for voters, if needed. And voters will get their own combination stylus/pen to sign in and mark their ballots.

With ongoing cleaning and limited capacity, in-person voting will go a little slower, she said. But once voters are inside the polling place, they should be able to move through quickly.

Voters should bring a Florida driver's license or other acceptable photo and signature ID for voter check-in. If they forget their ID, they can vote a provisional ballot to be verified by the elections office.

The drive-up vote-by-mail drop-off tents are a contactless way for voters to cast their ballot in person. They will be available Oct. 19 to Nov. 2 but will not be open on Election Day.

Ballot drop-off locations

  • Use the ballot drop-off boxes. Do not leave your ballot unattended at any of these locations.

  • An elections employee will be at each site to assist and hand out "I VOTED" stickers.

  • Ballots can be dropped off at any of the three Supervisor of Elections Offices through 7 p.m. on Election Day.

  • All ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on Election Day.

Office locations:

Election Service Center
Drive-thru Location
Starkey Lakes Corporate Center
13001 Starkey Road, Largo

Pinellas County Courthouse
315 Court St., Room 117, Clearwater

County Building
501 First Ave. N., (Fifth St. North entrance), St. Petersburg.

Vote By Mail

Contact your supervisor of elections office no later than Oct. 24 (but preferably sooner) to request that a ballot be mailed to you, or you may pick up a mail ballot at an elections office in your county.

Mail ballots must be received by your supervisor of elections no later than 7 p.m. Nov. 3.

Don't forget to sign your vote-by-mail envelope before returning it and make sure you have a current signature on file with your supervisor of elections office. You can update your signature by completing a printed or online voter registration application. An online application will add your most recent Florida driver's license or Florida state ID signature to your voter record. Be consistent when signing your mail ballot return envelope. Signatures are compared to those on file with the elections office.

You may mail your ballot back or drop it off at your local elections offices or early voting sites (during early voting). Check with your elections office for more information on drop-off locations.

If you mail the ballot back, make sure to allow plenty of time for it to be received. The supervisors of election recommend that you allow at least a week for your mailed ballot to reach your elections office. If your ballot isn't in your county's elections office by 7 p.m. Election Day, it will not be counted.

Early Voting

During early voting, you may vote at any early voting site. Bring with you a current and valid photo and signature ID.

Acceptable forms of identification include: a Florida driver's license, Florida ID card (issued by DHSMV), U.S. passport, debit or credit card, military ID, student ID, retirement center ID, neighborhood association ID, public assistance ID, veteran health ID issued by the Veterans Administration, concealed weapon license, government employee ID. If you do not bring an ID, you may vote a provisional ballot.

Early Voting

During early voting, you may vote at any early voting site in your county. Dates, times and locations vary by county.

Bring with you a current and valid photo and signature ID. Acceptable forms of identification include: a Florida driver's license, Florida ID card (issued by DHSMV), U.S. passport, debit or credit card, military ID, student ID, retirement center ID, neighborhood association ID, public assistance ID, veteran health ID issued by the Veterans Administration, concealed weapon license, government employee ID. If you do not bring an ID, you may vote a provisional ballot.

In Pinellas County, early voting is from Oct. 19 to Nov. 1 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Early voting takes place at Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections offices:

  • Election Service Center, Starkey Lakes Corporate Center, 13001 Starkey Road, Largo

  • Pinellas County Courthouse, 315 Court St., Room 117, Clearwater

  • County Building, 501 1st Ave. N., St. Petersburg (5th Street North entrance)

In addition, early voting sites are:

  • Tarpon Springs Public Library, 138 E. Lemon St., Tarpon Springs, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Oldsmar Public Library, 400 St. Petersburg Drive E., Oldsmar, Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • St. Petersburg Main Library, 3745 9th Ave. N., St. Petersburg, Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • East Lake Community Library, 4125 East Lake Road, Palm Harbor, Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Gulf to Bay Tax Collector's Office, 1663 Gulf to Bay Blvd, Clearwater, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Gulfport Neighborhood Center Drive-Thru Location, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Centre of Palm Harbor, 1500 16th St., Palm Harbor, Monday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Monday, Nov. 2, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St. N., Seminole, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • James Weldon Johnson Branch Library, 1059 18th Ave. S., St. Petersburg, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.

  • North County Tax Collector's Office, 29399 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Barbara S. Ponce Public Library, 7770 52nd St., Pinellas Park, Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Skyway Plaza Tax Collector's Office, 1067 62nd Ave. S., St. Petersburg, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 2nd St. N., Safety Harbor, Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • EpiCenter at St. Petersburg College Drive-Thru Location, 13805 58th St. N., Clearwater, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Dunedin Library, 223 Douglas Ave., Dunedin, Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive, Largo, Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • North Community Library, 861 70th Ave. N., St. Petersburg, Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • St. Pete Beach Public Library, 7470 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Walter Fuller Recreation Center, 7891 26th Ave. N., St. Petersburg, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Clearwater Countryside Library, 2642 Sabal Springs Drive, Clearwater, Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.

  • St. Pete College Allstate Center, 3200 34th St. S., St. Petersburg, Monday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Monday, Nov. 2, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg, Monday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Election Day

Florida law states that on Election Day you may only vote in the polling place assigned to your current residence address. You are encouraged to update your address prior to Election Day to avoid delays at your polling place. Pinellas County has 305 precincts where voters are assigned to cast their ballots. If you don't know where your polling place is, check the supervisor of elections website. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Election Day.

On Election Day, you should bring a Florida driver's license, Florida ID card (issued by DHSMV), U.S. passport, debit or credit card, military ID, student ID, retirement center ID, neighborhood association ID, public assistance ID, veteran health ID issued by the Veterans Administration, concealed weapon license, government employee ID. If you do not bring an ID, you may vote a provisional ballot.

Wondering who's on the ballot Nov. 3. See the candidates seeking election here. You can follow the election results on Election Day by clicking here.

Track Your Ballot

You can see when your ballot has been received and counted and get other useful information on the supervisor of elections website. If there is a problem with the signature on your voted ballot, this tool will have details on what you need to do to resolve the problem.
Track Your Ballot Through The Mail will allow you to track your ballot from the elections office, out to you and back again. You even can sign up to get an email or text confirming when your voted ballot has been received.

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This article originally appeared on the Clearwater Patch

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