KENNETH CITY — Voters here have a bit of local business to attend to while they're choosing a presidential candidate.
Town officials want them to decide whether the Kenneth City charter can be amended to allow the Pinellas County supervisor of elections to serve as the canvassing board.
The canvassing board's duties are designed to make sure nothing goes wrong in elections.
Among other things, members attend six to eight meetings at which voting machines are tested before the election, and they have to be present when absentee ballots are counted.
Canvassing board members also have to be at election central the night of the election and must meet three days after the election to certify results.
Under Kenneth City's charter, or constitution, the canvassing board is made up of three members: the town clerk, the town attorney and one member of the Town Council who is not up for election. The proposed change would not eliminate that group but would give the council the option of having the county do the job instead.
Kenneth City officials are proposing the change because Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark asked them to. Voters in Clearwater, Largo, Indian Rocks Beach, Oldsmar and Safety Harbor also will consider similar changes. Other Pinellas cities already allow Clark's office to act as the canvassing board.