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It's almost Election Day in Pinellas County. And Sunday, Nov. 5 is the early voting deadline.

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Early voting ends this weekend in Florida, and elections supervisors are predicting a record turn out.

To help cut down on wait times, several county websites are offering a "wait time" tool that updates every hour.  

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We're just days away from Election Day and close to one-third of the state's registered voters have already cast their ballots with vote by mail or early voting.  That's four million ballots, already in. 


Mail-in Ballots Will Allow Voters To Vote From Home

Sep 23, 2016

The availability of mail-in ballots this election will allow votes to be cast from kitchen tables and living room couches, as opposed to polling booths.

The state Division of Elections says that more than 10 percent of Florida voters have already ordered mail-in ballots and that number continues to grow.

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Despite minor delays getting polls open in a few counties, turnout for today's primary voting in Florida is expected to be heavy and steady throughout the day.

In addition to the possibility of a historic number of voters going to the polls, Secretary of State Ken Detzner says a record number of absentee and early voting ballots have been cast ahead of Tuesday.

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With the mid-term election coming up in just a couple of weeks, early voting is set to begin in Pinellas County today.

With so many ballot decisions for voters to make this year, Pinellas County Elections Administrator Nancy Whitlock says they expect good voter turnout.

“Counties have the option of providing early voting, two weeks before the election. So, we chose to have early voting for the full amount of possible days and hours for this general election,” Whitlock said.

Gov. Scott Signs Bill to Expand Early Voting

May 21, 2013

Gov. Rick Scott has signed a bill that will allow elections supervisors to expand early voting days and sites.

A bill that would expand early voting in Florida is now headed to Gov. Rick Scott.

The Miami Herald/Tampa Bay Times' Tallahassee Bureau reports the House and Senate approved the bill Friday, the last day of the legislative session. It would allow elections supervisors to hold up to 14 days of early voting instead of the current eight days. It also would expand sites where early voting can be held.

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Election Day is just weeks away and many of us are getting “robo” calls - computer generated telephone calls - asking for our vote or trying to help get us an absentee ballot.

The Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office was flooded with hundreds of these calls starting a few weeks ago.

“What they’re doing when a person picks up the phone, they’re saying if you’d like to have an absentee ballot punch one and the when they punch one it dials directly into our office,” said Manatee Elections Supervisor Bob Sweat.

Ballots this Election Year are BIG

Sep 17, 2012

If you're planning to vote in this November's election, brace yourselves. The ballots in Florida this year are HUGE.

The one in Hillsborough County is 6 pages long.

"I think this is the first time that I know of that the ballot was this size. Now, we've had obviously two sheets before but never one that's three sheets, six pages that are 17 inches long," says Hillsborough Supervisor of Elections Earl Lennard.