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Pinellas voter information cards have 'closed primary' reminders

All 623,000 Pinellas voters will soon be getting this reminder.

Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections

All 623,000 Pinellas voters will soon be getting this reminder.

Tens of thousands of Florida voters changed parties before the March presidential primary to vote for or against a candidate. But some of missed the registration deadline, and election supervisors don't want that to happen again.

Supervisors across the state will be mailing new voter cards to voters in advance of the Aug. 30 statewide primary, and Pinellas' Deborah Clark is including a reminder that Florida is a "closed primary" state, meaning that only Republicans and Democrats can vote for partisan candidates in the primary.

For the primary, the deadline to register or to change parties is Aug. 1. (All voters can vote in nonpartisan elections and for statewide constitutional amendments and local charter questions).

Clark's office said Tuesday it will mail 623,000 voter information cards over the next four weeks. Voters can call (727) 464-VOTE with questions.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 1, 2016 9:20am]


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