Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Aliena Cargill, 18, ended up voting by mail because it was easier but was still out at the polls Tuesday to support a local candidate.
First-time voter Aliena Cargill, of Largo, did not know what to expect with the voting process. She ended up voting by mail because it was easier. But she still came to the polls at the Old Largo Feed Store in Largo Central Park on Tuesday to support a local candidate. "I liked voting because I could do it myself and be independent," Cargill said. The 18-year-old took the presidential campaign process seriously, watching all of the debates. "I definitely watched everything the presidential candidates had to say during the debates. What they planned to do and they could change," Cargill said. Health care coverage was the big issue for the recent Palm Harbor University High School Graduate, she said. Related Coverage:
A glitch in the phone system caused the calls to go out.
Early on Election Day, the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Office made automatic calls telling voters them that they could vote until 7 p.m. Wednesday, the day after election day, according to Tampabay.com. Of course, polls close at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Nancy Whitlock, with the Pinellas Supervisor of Elections Office told Patch that there were 12,310 calls placed between 8 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Earlier reports said that perhaps only a few hundred people got the call. All 12,310 were then called back with the correct information, Whitlock said. The calls told voters who requested mail ballots but had not turned them in that they had until 7 p.m. tomorrow to turn them in. Did you get one of these calls? Let us know in the comments …
Seventh-grader Grace Robinson was helping her dad, Largo City Commission candidate James Robinson, by holding campaign signs outside one of the precincts Tuesday.
For several months now, Grace Robinson has helped distribute campaign literature for her dad, James Robinson, in his bid for Largo City Commission Seat 4 against fellow candidate Robert Hunsicker. On Election Day, she held one of her dad's campaign signs outside of Precinct 322 near the Florida Botanical Gardens. "It is so crazy seeing my dad's signs all over the place," Grace Robinson said. While Grace helped at home with the campaign, the seventh-grader at Morgan Fitzgerald Middle School has civics as a a part of her school work, which included mock debates, she said. Grace said the campaign experience has been "pretty cool, and there's lots of work behind the scenes," she said. On Monday, Hunsicker said, he planned to stop at all of …
Largo goes to the polls on Election Day 2012.
Want a bigger umbrella? A cup of coffee? Those are some of the offers campaign worker Diane Fellows, of Largo, heard as she sat under an umbrella at the edge of a walkway at Christ the King Lutheran Church on Oakhurst with campaign signs around her. The church was the polling place for precincts 312 and 321 on Nov. 6. Being visible outside the polling place is the last "hurrah" before people vote, said Fellows, who campaigned for President Barack Obama. "I've said, 'hello' to a lot of people," Fellows said shortly after 8 a.m. Plus, she fielded questions about things such as the church's precinct number. And yes, the church has a bathroom. Voter Cindy Triffon emerged with a bright rainbow umbrella. "That's why I live in America. I like …
A cold front is bringing lots of rain to the Tampa Bay area as voters line up at the polls.
Showers and even a few downpours are likely as voters line up at the polls throughout the Tampa Bay area this morning. “There’s a little cold front moving through right now,” explained Todd Barron, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Ruskin office. Thanks to that, Bay area residents can expect “light to moderate showers from Sarasota up through Pasco.” There’s good news for voters who plan to cast their ballots later in the day though. “All this rain is moving through pretty quickly,” Barron said. “It should be out of the area by early to mid-afternoon.” While rain has been heavy off and on throughout the morning, it doesn’t seem to be deterring people from turning out at the polls. In fact, people turned out early in …
Monday, August 13, 2012
Pinellas County voters go to the polls Aug. 14 for the Primary Election to decide the Republican nominee for sheriff as well as other state and local offices.
Monday, August 13, 2012
Pinellas County voters will go to the polls Tuesday for the Primary Election. The race between interim sheriff Bob Gualtieri and former sheriff Everett Rice is drawing local interest. The two veteran law enforcers are in a battle to be the GOP nominee for sheriff in November's general election. Rice, 67, was Pinellas sheriff from 1988 to 2004 prior to serving in the State Legislature and working as an attorney. He seeks to oust Gualtieri, appointed sheriff by Gov. Rick Scott last November, after Jim Coats retired. The two squared off in several forums this summer, including a Patch-sponsored debate July 17, at the Unitarian Universalists Octagon Arts Center in Clearwater. The winner in Tuesday's primary will face Democratic challenger …