Don't forget to vote
ST. PETERSBURG -- There is one week left until the field of 10 mayoral candidates gets narrowed down to two finalists.
Roughly 26 percent of voters cast ballots in the 2001 city elections. Roughly 11 percent voted in the 2005 elections. St. Petersburg residents who registered to vote by Aug. 3 are eligible to vote.
Some fast facts from the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections:
· Polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day for St. Petersburg voters.
· Thirteen polling locations have changed in St. Petersburg, and one location’s name has changed since the last municipal election. In addition, polling places for municipal elections might be different than those for countywide elections. Voters are encouraged to confirm their polling places by calling (727) 464-6788 or visiting votepinellas.com and clicking on Current Elections.
· State law requires that a citizen vote in the precinct in which he/she resides. If you have moved, you are required to vote in your new home precinct.
· Bring a photo and signature identification with you to the polls if possible to avoid delays and extra paperwork. Anyone without valid and current ID can vote a provisional ballot. The canvassing board will later determine the validity of any provisional ballots.
· Mail ballots can be picked up or voted at any Elections Office through Election Day. Ballots must be received by 7 p.m. Sept. 1 in any of the three Elections Offices. Mail ballots cannot be accepted at a precinct polling place.
· Name and address changes can be made at any Elections Office or by completing and printing a Voter Registration Application at votepinellas.com; signing the application; and returning it to any Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Office. Address changes within the county can also be made by phone. Applications are also available at public libraries and drivers' license offices.
· Ballot information can be viewed at votepinellas.com by clicking on Current Elections.
· No political activity or campaign signs are allowed inside the polling place or within 100 feet of the polling place entrance. Exit polling is permitted in designated areas as voters are leaving the polls.
· No photography is allowed inside the polling place.
· If you have any other election-related questions, please call the Elections Office at (727) 464-6788.
Cristina Silva, Times Staff Writer