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Voter turnout holds steady in Pinellas from 2010, dips in Hillsborough

Voters showed up in a trickle Tuesday morning and dropped in sporadically, proving once again most voters have long since cast their ballots in this primary election.

An overwhelming majority of registered voters in the Tampa Bay area didn't vote at all.

In Pinellas County, 148,008 out of 617,925 registered voters, or just under 24 percent, voted Tuesday. That is almost exactly the same result as the last gubernatorial primary in 2010, when just over 24 percent of Pinellas voters made their voices heard.

Just 22 percent of them did so at polling places, while just under 77 percent had voted by mail. Another 1 percent showed up for early voting.

In Hillsborough, 119,169 of the county's 756,328 voters cast ballots for the primary, or 15.8 percent. That's down from 2010, when 19 percent voted.

"I always vote in every election," said Michelle Harris, 57, who was among a handful of voters that arrived before 8 a.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in south Tampa. "I've voted in every election since I was 18."

A courthouse employee, Harris said she took a special interest in the races for circuit and county judges. Likewise, the judicial races seemed to draw the most vociferous election-day campaigning. Outside the polling place, campaigners stood waving for their judicial candidate of choice.

Retiree Henry Weinsheimer, 67, was a longtime Democrat who voted for Charlie Crist for governor when Crist was running as a Republican. This time, he cast his vote for Crist's opponent, Nan Rich.

"Fool me once," Weinsheimer said, and let his voice trail off before walking away from his polling place at the Coliseum in St. Petersburg.

 

Voter turnout holds steady in Pinellas from 2010, dips in Hillsborough 08/26/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 7:55am]

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