Mass mailing of ballots begins in advance of Florida's primary
Across Florida Tuesday, hundreds of thousands of ballots headed to homes of voters in advance of next month's presidential preference primary. Many minds will be made up long before the polls open in Florida on March 15.
In Largo, Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark sent more than 204,000 ballots to local voters. Of all ballots Clark's office has mailed so far, including overseas and military ballots, 98,618 went to Republicans, 93,415 went to Democrats and 13,973 went to voters who belong to minor parties or have no party affiliation.
Voting by mail is more popular in Pinellas than any other county in Florida thanks to aggressive promotion efforts by Clark and her system of remote dropoff sites where voters can leave their completed ballots.
Florida is a so-called no excuse absentee voting state, and this session, the Legislature is considering bills that would remove the word "absentee" from the statute books permanently.