The voters of Pinellas County are not well served by the supervisor of elections' decision to have early voting in only three locations. As reported in your paper, all of the surrounding counties have significantly more voting locations and subsequently, a much larger early voting turnout than we do here in Pinellas. Hillsborough County has 14 locations!
This is important to the elections for a variety of reasons. Election Day is predicted to be the most massive turnout ever. Long lines are predicted. Early voting is supposed to lessen that deluge and provide options for those who may have to work or are otherwise unable to vote on that day.
Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark's solution is to vote by mail, but many voters, including myself, don't necessarily trust mail-in ballots, or we want to be a part of the onsite voting experience.
In addition, the voting locations are not easily accessible, nor do the two located in the courthouses have significant parking.
It strikes me that the goal of the supervisor of elections is to encourage voting and to make it accessible for all. I can't help but wonder if the Republican supervisor wants to discourage Democratic voters, since many of them are the ones who can't take time off from work or wait in lines for hours. This is an abomination, and we in Pinellas should make sure that the supervisor of elections makes nonpartisan decisions and creates systems that are encouraging to voters.
Mary C. Poole, Safety Harbor
Stolen Obama sign mirrors ugly behavior
I was most disconcerted when my Obama yard sign disappeared. On calling the campaign headquarters, I found out that it is not an uncommon experience.
This kind of behavior is mean-spirited and mirrors hateful behaviors exhibited during Republican rallies. I think we can see where the extreme divisiveness in our country is coming from.
I am also curious if those with McCain/Palin signs in their yards are having the same problems.
Ron Pehmoeller, Largo
The national anthem and baseball
Oh, say, can you hear, what's wrong in song
With each of the presidential candidates crying for "change," there are certain things that should not be changed. I'm talking about the national anthem. The performance by the Backstreet Boys at Game 1 of the World Series was a travesty! Please don't try to change the American flag, baseball or mom's recipe for apple pie. Our national song needs to be left as is, just as it was written and sounds.
Bill Coleman, Dunedin