NIE Tampa Bay Times Election 2012

Pinellas County, Division of Elections

Importance of Voting

Since the U.S. Constitution was written in 1787, the right to vote has been one of our greatest freedoms. In many countries, citizens do not have the same rights and privileges as Americans do, and we take our freedom to vote seriously.

As Supervisor of Elections, my staff and I are responsible for making sure elections are conducted fairly and that they are in compliance with all federal, state and local laws. Each Supervisor of Elections registers voters; keeps voting records; issues voter information cards; recruits and trains poll workers; and educates voters about voter registration, the election process and the voting system.

Visit our Web site,, for information on upcoming elections, registering to vote, requesting a mail ballot and viewing online videos about the election process and our voting system.

Deborah Clark, Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections

Contact Us

  • (727) 464-5700

Note to Teachers

As teachers, you have the opportunity to instill in your students the importance of voting and how they can participate in our representative democracy. We are pleased to partner with you in this worthwhile effort through the following programs:

  1. Vote in Honor of a Vet - A program to demonstrate to high school students the sacrifices of our veterans to ensure our freedoms - including our right to vote. Students are provided a biography of a veteran and a dog tag with the message: “In tribute to my vet's sacrifices, I will keep my promise and vote.” Students are provided the opportunity to register to vote (16- and 17-year-olds may preregister) and view a video about the sacrifices of our veterans.

  2. • School Election - Students have the opportunity to vote on the actual voting system used in Pinellas County to prepare them for their first real voting experience. Schools may use this program to choose their Student Government officers, homecoming or prom king/queen or for any other type of election.

  3. • Voter Registration & Education - Supervisor of Elections staff provide students the chance to register to vote or update their current voter registration file at a table set up in the school's cafeteria or common area.