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Gov. Scott's executive order sets election dates for Young's seat



Gov. Rick Scott signed an executive order Thursday calling for a special election in Pinellas County's 13th Congressional District so voters can elect a replacement for the late U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill   Young. The primary election will be Jan. 14, 2014, and the general election will be March 11, 2014. 

“This congressional district is entirely in Pinellas County and represents 75 percent of our voters,” Pinellas Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark said in a news release. “We appreciate Governor Scott issuing the Executive Order early and for approving the election schedule proposed by Gary Holland, Assistant Director of the Division of Elections. This schedule includes sufficient time for election preparation and allows time for us to mail ballots to our overseas and military voters 45 days prior to each election so they are not disenfranchised.”

Clark also will hold early voting preceding both elections, from Jan. 4-12 and from March 1-9. Early voting hours will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

The last day to register to vote to be able to cast a ballot will be Dec. 16 for the primary election (an earlier version of this post had an incorrect date) and Feb. 10, 2014 for the general election. Because Florida is a so-called closed primary state, only voters registered with a political party can vote in their party's primary election.



[Last modified: Friday, November 1, 2013 1:19pm]


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