October 16, 2021

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Monday Is Last Day To Register To Vote In General Election

PINELLAS COUNTY, FL — Florida voters have until Monday, Oct. 5, to register to vote (if not already registered) for the 2020 general election on Nov. 3.

Florida voters can update their name or address any time. For those who still need to register to vote, the simplest way to make the update is online at RegisterToVoteFlorida.gov. Voters can also fill out a registration application at the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections offices.

On Monday, Pinellas County offices will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. to accommodate residents who want to register to vote.

Locations are:

  • Election Service Center, Starkey Lakes Corporate Center, 13001 Starkey Road, Largo

  • Pinellas County Courthouse, 315 Court St., Room 117, Clearwater

  • County Building, 501 1st Ave. N., St. Petersburg (5th Street North entrance)

Supervisors of elections in the Tampa Bay area are working together to help residents get ready to vote in the Nov. 3 General Election. Voters may only vote in the county in which they reside, and counties in Florida hold early voting for different periods of time.

Vote By Mail

Contact your supervisor of elections office no later than Oct. 24 (but preferably sooner) to request that a ballot be mailed to you, or you may pick up a mail ballot at an elections office in your county.

Mail ballots must be received by your supervisor of elections no later than 7 p.m. Nov. 3.

Don’t forget to sign your vote-by-mail envelope before returning it and make sure you have a current signature on file with your supervisor of elections office. You can update your signature by completing a printed or online voter registration application. An online application will add your most recent Florida driver’s license or Florida state ID signature to your voter record. Be consistent when signing your mail ballot return envelope. Signatures are compared to those on file with the elections office.

You may mail your ballot back or drop it off at your local elections offices or early voting sites (during early voting). Check with your elections office for more information on drop-off locations.

If you mail the ballot back, make sure to allow plenty of time for it to be received. The supervisors of election recommend that you allow at least a week for your mailed ballot to reach your elections office. If your ballot isn’t in your county’s elections office by 7 p.m. Election Day, it will not be counted.

Early Voting

During early voting, you may vote at any early voting site in your county. Dates, times and locations vary by county.

Bring with you a current and valid photo and signature ID. Acceptable forms of identification include: a Florida driver’s license, Florida ID card (issued by DHSMV), U.S. passport, debit or credit card, military ID, student ID, retirement center ID, neighborhood association ID, public assistance ID, veteran health ID issued by the Veterans Administration, concealed weapon license, government employee ID. If you do not bring an ID, you may vote a provisional ballot.

In Pinellas County, early voting is from Oct. 19 to Nov. 1 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

In addition to the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections offices, early voting sites are:

  • Tarpon Springs Public Library, 138 E. Lemon St., Tarpon Springs, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Oldsmar Public Library, 400 St. Petersburg Drive E., Oldsmar, Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • St. Petersburg Main Library, 3745 9th Ave. N., St. Petersburg, Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • East Lake Community Library, 4125 East Lake Road, Palm Harbor, Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Gulf to Bay Tax Collector’s Office, 1663 Gulf to Bay Blvd, Clearwater, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Gulfport Neighborhood Center Drive-Thru Location, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Centre of Palm Harbor, 1500 16th St., Palm Harbor, Monday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Monday, Nov. 2, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St. N., Seminole, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • James Weldon Johnson Branch Library, 1059 18th Ave. S., St. Petersburg, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.

  • North County Tax Collector’s Office, 29399 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Barbara S. Ponce Public Library, 7770 52nd St., Pinellas Park, Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Skyway Plaza Tax Collector’s Office, 1067 62nd Ave. S., St. Petersburg, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 2nd St. N., Safety Harbor, Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • EpiCenter at St. Petersburg College Drive-Thru Location, 13805 58th St. N., Clearwater, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Dunedin Library, 223 Douglas Ave., Dunedin, Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive, Largo, Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • North Community Library, 861 70th Ave. N., St. Petersburg, Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • St. Pete Beach Public Library, 7470 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Walter Fuller Recreation Center, 7891 26th Ave. N., St. Petersburg, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Clearwater Countryside Library, 2642 Sabal Springs Drive, Clearwater, Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.

  • St. Pete College Allstate Center, 3200 34th St. S., St. Petersburg, Monday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Monday, Nov. 2, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg, Monday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Voting Day

Florida law states that on Election Day you may only vote in the polling place assigned to your current residence address.

You are encouraged to update your address prior to Election Day to avoid delays at your polling place. If you don’t know where your polling place is, check the supervisor of elections website.Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Election Day.

On Election Day, you should bring a Florida driver’s license, Florida ID card (issued by DHSMV), U.S. passport, debit or credit card, military ID, student ID, retirement center ID, neighborhood association ID, public assistance ID, veteran health ID issued by the Veterans Administration, concealed weapon license, government employee ID. If you do not bring an ID, you may vote a provisional ballot.

You may mark and bring your sample ballot to use as a reference.

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This article originally appeared on the Clearwater Patch

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