The Pinellas County Voter Guide: Remote Ballot Drop-Off, Polling Locations, and More

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One of my heroes passed this year. John Lewis, the incredible civil rights activist and Congressman from Georgia was a fierce advocate of voting and the necessity of voting. In July of 2016, he said, “The right to vote is precious, almost sacred. It is the most powerful nonviolent tool or instrument in a democratic society. We must use it.” That may seem melodramatic, but that’s because we’ve had the right to vote. I’ve never lived in a world where I had to fight for my right to vote. John Lewis and all the Civil Rights Activists throughout history did that for us. Now we get to use that right. I know that voting can be intimidating because it seems like there are so many bureaucratic hoops to jump through, but I promise, it’s so much easier than you think. Follow this simple voter guide and you’ll be ready to hit the polls in no time! In order to vote in Pinellas County, there are a couple of things that you need to do.

REMOTE Ballot Drop-off 

REMOTE BALLOT DROP-OFF LOCATIONS Between October 19, 2020 – November 2, 2020, you can drop off your ballot at any of these remote drop-off ballot locations. Note: These places will not be open during Election Day, November 3, 2020. Check the hours as well!

Election Service Center
Drive-thru Location*
Starkey Lakes Corporate Center
13001 Starkey Road
Largo, FL 33773

Centre of Palm Harbor
Drive-thru Location*
1500 16th St., Palm Harbor
Monday – Sunday, 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Monday, November 2nd, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

(No Ballot Drop Off Election Day)

EpiCenter at St. Petersburg College
Drive-thru Location*
13805 58th St. N., Clearwater
Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
(No Ballot Drop Off Election Day)

Tropicana Field
Drive-thru Location*
1 Tropicana Drive, St Petersburg
Monday – Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
(No Ballot Drop Off Election Day)
*weather contingent

Tarpon Springs Public Library
138 E. Lemon St., Tarpon Springs
Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
(No Ballot Drop Off Election Day)

Oldsmar Public Library
400 St. Petersburg Dr. E., Oldsmar
Monday – Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
(No Ballot Drop Off Election Day)
 
St. Petersburg Main Library
3745 9th Ave. N., St. Petersburg
Monday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
(No Ballot Drop Off Election Day)
 
East Lake Community Library
4125 East Lake Rd., Palm Harbor
Monday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
(No Ballot Drop Off Election Day)
 
Gulf to Bay Tax Collector Office
1663 Gulf to Bay Blvd., Clearwater
Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
(No Ballot Drop Off Election Day)
 
Seminole Community Library
9200 113th St. N., Seminole
Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m
(No Ballot Drop Off Election Day)
 
James Weldon Johnson Branch Library
1059 18th Ave. S., St. Petersburg
Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, NOON. – 4:00 p.m
(No Ballot Drop Off Election Day)
 
North County Tax Collector Office
29399 US Hwy. 19 N., Clearwater
Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
(No Ballot Drop Off Election Day)
 
Barbara S. Ponce Public Library
7770 52nd St., Pinellas Park
Monday – Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m
(No Ballot Drop Off Election Day)
 
Skyway Plaza Tax Collector Office
1067 62nd Ave. S., St. Petersburg
Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
(No Ballot Drop Off Election Day)
 
Safety Harbor Public Library
101 2nd St. N., Safety Harbor
Monday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
(No Ballot Drop Off Election Day)
 
Dunedin Library
223 Douglas Ave., Dunedin
Monday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
(No Ballot Drop Off Election Day)
 
Largo Public Library
120 Central Park Dr., Largo
Monday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
(No Ballot Drop Off Election Day)
 
North Community Library
861 70th Ave N., St. Petersburg
Monday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
(No Ballot Drop Off Election Day)
 
St. Pete Beach Public Library
7470 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach
Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

(No Ballot Drop Off Election Day)
 
Walter Fuller Recreation Center
7891 26th Ave N., St. Petersburg
Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
(No Ballot Drop Off Election Day)
 
Clearwater Countryside Library
2642 Sabal Springs Drive, Clearwater
Monday – Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday – Saturday, noon – 5:00 p.m.
(No Ballot Drop Off Election Day)
 
Clearwater Countryside Library
2642 Sabal Springs Drive, Clearwater
Monday – Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday – Saturday, noon – 5:00 p.m.
(No Ballot Drop Off Election Day)
 
Pinellas County Courthouse
315 Court St., Room 117
Clearwater, FL 33756
 
County Building
501 First Ave. N, (Fifth St. North entrance)
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
 

Where to Vote on Election Day – November 3 

If you’re voting in person on Tuesday, November 3, here’s what you need to know. First, you’ll need to find your precinct and polling location. Click here to find your is on Vote Pinellas. Polls open at 7am and close at 7pm on election day. Voter turnout is projected to be higher than average so expect a wait time at your polling location. Make sure to have a valid picture ID ready to show when you arrive. Click here for acceptable forms of ID that you can bring with you.

If you are in line to vote when polls close at 7pm, stay in line. You will be allowed to vote as long as you remain in line. If you witness any form of voter intimidation, call the election protection hotline listed here.

Get Educated!

Pinellas has quite a few races this year. We can’t tell you who to vote for, but we can tell you who is running. Make sure to learn a little bit about each of these candidates and then get to the polls on November 3 to make your voice heard. 

Clerk of the Circuit Court and ComptrollerKen Burke (REP)Unopposed
SheriffBob Gualtieri (REP)Qualified
 Eliseo Santana (DEM)Qualified
Property AppraiserMike Twitty (REP)Qualified
 Trevor L. Mallory (DEM)Qualified
Tax CollectorCharles W. Thomas (REP)Qualified
 Joseph Saportas (DEM)Qualified
Supervisor of ElectionsJulie Marcus (REP)Qualified
 Dan Helm (DEM)Qualified
Board of County Commissioners, District 1 – At LargeLarry Ahern (REP)Qualified
 Janet C. Long (DEM)Qualified
Board of County Commissioners, District 3 – At LargeTammy Sue Vasquez (REP)Qualified
 Charlie Justice (DEM)Qualified
Board of County Commissioners, District 5 – Single MemberKaren Seel (REP)Unopposed
Board of County Commissioners, District 7 – Single MemberRene Flowers (DEM)Qualified
 Maria L. Scruggs (NPA)Qualified
County Judge Group 3Edwin B. Jagger (NP)Unopposed
County Judge Group 10James V. Pierce (NP)Unopposed
County Judge Group 14Robert G. Dittmer (NP)Unopposed
County Judge Group 15John Carassas (NP)Unopposed
School Board Member, District 1 – At LargeLaura Hine (NP)Runoff
 Stephanie G. Meyer (NP)Runoff
School Board Member, District 4 – Single MemberEileen M. Long (NP)Elected
School Board Member, District 5 – Single MemberCarol J. Cook (NP)Unopposed
School Board Member, District 7 – Single MemberCaprice Johnson Edmond (NP)Runoff
 Karl Nurse (NP)Runoff
East Lake Tarpon Special Fire Control District – Seat 1Kevin Kenney (NP)Unopposed
East Lake Tarpon Special Fire Control District – Seat 3John D. Cattel (NP)Qualified
 MaryEllen Crowder (NP)Qualified
 Tom May (NP)Qualified
East Lake Tarpon Special Fire Control District – Seat 5James Dalrymple (NP)Qualified
 Peter Nehr (NP)Qualified
 Michael S. Peasley (NP)Qualified
Lealman Special Fire Control District – Seat 1Ronald F. Kemerer (NP)Unopposed
Lealman Special Fire Control District – Seat 3Jay D. Alexander (NP)Unopposed
Lealman Special Fire Control District – Seat 5Vivian Diane Campbell (NP)Unopposed
Palm Harbor Special Fire Control and Rescue District – Seat 1Casey Cane (NP)Unopposed
Palm Harbor Special Fire Control and Rescue District – Seat 3 Debbie Buschman (NP)Unopposed
Palm Harbor Special Fire Control and Rescue District – Seat 5Kelli Snow (NP)Unopposed
Pinellas Suncoast Fire & Rescue District – Seat 1Lawrence “Larry” Gordon Schear (NP)Unopposed
Pinellas Suncoast Fire & Rescue District – Seat 2David B. Ardman (NP)Unopposed
Pinellas Suncoast Fire & Rescue District – Seat 5Lou Snelling (NP)Unopposed
Clearwater Cay Community Development District – Seat 1Steve Whitehurst (NP)Qualified
 Jeffrey D. Wilson (NP)Qualified
Clearwater Cay Community Development District – Seat 2Alan Glidden (NP)Qualified
 Ronald J. Schulte (NP)Qualified
Eastlake Oaks Community Development District – Seat 4Scott Roper (NP)Unopposed

Make sure your vote counted!

The best part about vote-by-mail is that you can verify your ballot was received! Your Supervisor of Elections has a “Track Your Ballot” tool on their website. You can know when exactly when your ballot is received and counted.

If your ballot shows that it wasn’t counted, there are fixes! A Supervisor of Elections is required to notify a voter as soon as it is practical if a voter’s signature is missing or does not match the one on record. You can also call to check the status. Once you learn about the missing or mismatched signature, you can complete and return a “Vote-by-Mail Ballot Cure” Affidavit with a copy of identification. The deadline to submit the form and the ID is no later than 5 p.m. (local time) on the 2nd day after an election.  

Written by Kacy Vance

Kacy Vance

Kacy is a freelance writer for I Love the Burg. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a degree in Mass Communications and Criminology. Her thesis on Deaf and Disability representation in the media was published as part of the DePauw University Ethics Symposium in 2018.