While examining 2011 voting records, Rick Kriseman's campaign team discovered that St. Petersburg's top official didn't vote in the November 2011 election. A travesty, Team Kriseman says.
It's true, Mayor Bill Foster didn't cast an absentee ballot before leaving for Takamatsu, Japan, to take part in the city's 50th Sister City anniversary with St. Petersburg. When asked Thursday about his gaffe, Foster owned the mistake.
"I realized it when I was on the plane," he said. "I prefer to vote in person."
Records show hizzoner voted in other elections.
Where's the love, neighbor?
As Foster and Kriseman schlep the city for votes in the Nov. 5 election, Kriseman has had to face the fact that he didn't land the support of a neighbor on Third Avenue N. The homeowner supports Foster.
A Foster campaign sign sits near Kriseman's sign in his yard. The neighbor could not be reached for comment. Buzz didn't find any Kriseman signs next to Foster's home in Shore Acres.
Voter registration deadline
If residents want to cast a ballot for Foster or Kriseman or candidates in four City Council races, Monday is the deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 5 election.
Forums this week
The Disston Heights neighborhood is hosting mayoral and City Council candidates Tuesday at St. Petersburg Community Church at 4501 30th Ave. N. The forum starts at 7 p.m.
Times researcher Carolyn Edds contributed to this report. Contact reporter Mark Puente at [email protected] or (727) 893-8459. Follow @markpuente on Twitter.