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Frequently asked questions about the Aug. 27 primary

All St. Petersburg voters can decide whom they want for mayor and whether to cancel the city's contract with the architect of the Lens, effectively killing the $50 million project slated to replace the Pier. Residents who live in Districts 4, 6 and 8 also will vote for their council representative. Here are some frequently asked questions about the upcoming Aug. 27 election:

How does the primary work?

Any mayoral candidate who receives a majority of votes (more than 50 percent) wins. However, what usually happens is the top two finishers advance to the general election, which will be Nov. 5.

Council positions are single-member districts, so only voters who reside in those districts can vote in their respective races. The two candidates in each race with the most votes will advance to the general election, where all voters will be allowed to weigh in.

Is it too late to vote by mail?

No. Requests for mail ballots will be taken until 5 p.m. Aug. 21. To request a ballot, call (727) 464-8683. Mail ballots can be dropped off at one of three Supervisor of Elections offices from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Those offices include: the Election Service Center, 13001 Starkey Road, Largo; the Pinellas County Courthouse, 315 Court St., Room 117, Clearwater; and the County Building, 501 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. So far more than 62,400 mail ballots have been sent to St. Petersburg residents. As of Friday, 163 had been returned.

Where can I meet the candidates?

The candidates are trying to get their messages out by going door-to-door, visiting neighborhood associations, churches and clubs and appearing at public forums. Here is a sample of upcoming appearances as listed on the Pinellas Supervisor of Elections' website at votepinellas.com.

Aug. 5: Mayoral and City Council District 4 candidate forum at 6:30 p.m. at Roberts Community Center, 1246 50th Ave. N.

Aug. 6: "A Conversation with the Candidates," hosted by the Tampa Bay Times and Bay News 9, at 7 p.m. at the Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N. No tickets remain for this free event, but it will be broadcast live on Bay News 9.

Aug. 7: A council forum will be held at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 175 Fifth St. N.

Aug. 12: A mayoral forum will be held at 7 p.m. at the Masonic Home of Florida, 3201 First St. NE.

Aug. 15: A mayoral forum will be held at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 175 Fifth St. N.

Aug. 20: A mayoral forum will be held at 7 p.m. at Azalea Baptist Church, 7900 22nd Ave. N.

Aug. 21: A council forum for Districts 4 and 8 will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Sunshine Center, 330 Fifth St. N.

Frequently asked questions about the Aug. 27 primary 07/26/13 [Last modified: Friday, July 26, 2013 5:58pm]
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