Thursday, November 8, 2012
Supervisor of Elections spokesperson Nancy Whitlock says it's not known if the uncounted ballots will impact close races.
The Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections' canvassing board is spending Wednesday morning processing about 9,000 mail ballots. Spokesperson Nancy Whitlock says the mail ballots were dropped off at polling locations all over the county Tuesday. Voters had until 7 p.m. to drop off the ballots. Whitlock says it is not known if the uncounted ballots will impact close races like the Palm Harbor Fire Commission Seat 3, in which challenger Debbie Buschman beat incumbent Bob Shatanoff by 247 votes. "We'll just have to wait and see. It will be several hours," Whitlock told Patch on Tuesday morning. Whitlock says the election supervisor's office will update its website with updated vote totals after all of the mail ballots have been processed. …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Parents brought their children with them to the polls Tuesday in Clearwater.
Voting is a family affair for the Alonso’s. Theresa, 28, went to the polls at precinct 521 the Salvation Army, 1625 N Belcher Road, with her husband and 20-month old son Tuesday afternoon. “He lives here too,” Alonso said. She said voting is very important and makes sure to get to the polls each election season. She did not have a long wait and the family was in and out of the precinct in about 20 minutes. She was not the only parent who brought their children to the polls Tuesday. Mandy Adams is a school teacher at Curtis Fundamental Elementary where she spent the day talking to her class about the importance of voting. Her daughter Ava, a student at the school, was with her mother to see the words put into action Tuesday afternoon. …
A glitch in the phone system caused the calls to go out.
Early on Election Day, the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Office made automatic calls telling voters them that they could vote until 7 p.m. Wednesday, the day after election day, according to Tampabay.com. Of course, polls close at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Nancy Whitlock, with the Pinellas Supervisor of Elections Office told Patch that there were 12,310 calls placed between 8 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Earlier reports said that perhaps only a few hundred people got the call. All 12,310 were then called back with the correct information, Whitlock said. The calls told voters who requested mail ballots but had not turned them in that they had until 7 p.m. tomorrow to turn them in. Did you get one of these calls? Let us know in the comments …
In Dunedin, even Yorkshire Terriers go to the precinct for Election Day 2012.
Chloe and Barney were only supposed to be on a 10-minute walk. But the 9- and 8-year-old Yorkshire Terriers were walking laps around the parking lot with their mom, Ann Mackin, at St. Andrews First Presbyterian Church, precinct 538 and 551, for a little longer than expected. They were waiting for Mackin's husband to cast his vote inside, and the dogs didn't seem to mind. "They enjoy this sort of thing," Mackin said. The line didn't appear long, but she understood the ballot is long this year. Her 10-minute stroll with Chloe, on a pink retractable leash, and Barney, on a mint green one, turned into at least a 20- or 30-minute walk. The lunch rush line was an hour or longer wait for many voters at that precinct. "They're here to vote," …
Storms knocked out power to three Pinellas precincts.
This moring's storms caused some concern when power was lost at a few polling locations in Pinellas County. According to Tampabay.com, the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections' office says power was lost for about 10 minutes at Bethel Metropolitan Baptist Church. At Prayer Tower Church of God, the power was out for close to 45 minutes. The article says that everyone was able to vote. Nancy Whitlock, communications director for the Supervisor of Elections, told Tampabay.com: "The ballot scanners all have battery backup, so if there was a power outage, it should not affect the voting." Read the complete story here.
It's Election Day, and Dunedin residents are heading to the polls.
The polls at Dunedin's Mease Manor opened at 7 a.m., but within an hour or so, the line dwindled down to zero. With showers in progress, a few voters made their way in with umbrellas in hand, but were happy to see that there was no line at the assisted living facility next to Mease Dunedin Hospital. Some scurried to work, while others were determined to make freedom count. Nancy Clementi, 47, said that she was prepared to weather anything to cast her vote. "I was going to come out whether it rained or snowed or whatever," Clementi said. "That's what we have umbrellas for." Related Coverage
Everything you want to know on election day in Dunedin, all in one spot.
Everything you want to know about Election Day in Dunedin, all in one spot.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
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Monday, August 13, 2012
Pinellas County voters go to the polls Aug. 14 for the Primary Election to decide the Republican nominee for sheriff as well as other state and local offices.
Monday, August 13, 2012
Pinellas County voters will go to the polls Tuesday for the Primary Election. The race between interim sheriff Bob Gualtieri and former sheriff Everett Rice is drawing local interest. The two veteran law enforcers are in a battle to be the GOP nominee for sheriff in November's general election. Rice, 67, was Pinellas sheriff from 1988 to 2004 prior to serving in the State Legislature and working as an attorney. He seeks to oust Gualtieri, appointed sheriff by Gov. Rick Scott last November, after Jim Coats retired. The two squared off in several forums this summer, including a Patch-sponsored debate July 17, at the Unitarian Universalists Octagon Arts Center in Clearwater. The winner in Tuesday's primary will face Democratic challenger …