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Over 5,000 Vote-By-Mail ballot requests fullfilled
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Over 5,000 Vote-By-Mail ballot requests fullfilled

Pasco County, FL -- If you are looking forward to getting your vote counted you can rest assured knowing thousands of Pasco County ballots are slated to go out in the mail.

According to Brian E. Corley, Supervisor of Elections' office they are scheduled to mail over 5,000 ballots on Tuesday, Dec. 27 for the Jan. 31, 2012 Presidential Preference Primary (PPP) to voters with requests already on file.

By law, Florida is a closed primary state so please be informed that your vote will only be counted in the Primaries if you are registered Republican. There are no democratic candidates, minor party candidates or amendments on the ballot.

However, If you did not get your request in time, you do not need to worry, as a registered Republican voter, they are still available upon request by calling the elections' office, by submitting the request in writing or by using the on-line request form on pascovotes.com.

Written requests must include the voter's date of birth, signature, and Pasco County residence address. Vote-by-mail ballots cannot be forwarded but can be mailed to a temporary mailing address if outside of Pasco County.

The Pasco County Supervisor of Elections is not wasting any time either! Requests are fulfilled immediately, with ballots being mailed daily.

Just remember, the deadline to request a ballot to be mailed is Wednesday, January 25, 2012.

Voted ballots must be returned to the elections' office by 7 p.m. election day, January 31, 2012.  Due to the size of the ballot and an envelope re-design, one first-class stamp will be required to return the ballot by mail. Voted ballots may also be hand delivered to any of the three Supervisor of Elections' Offices in Pasco County. Voted ballots may not be turned in at the polls on election day.

Written or telephonic requests for vote-by-mail ballots must come from the voter, or an immediate family member or legal guardian on behalf of a voter. Voters may pick up ballots for themselves at any of the three elections' offices beginning Wednesday, Dec. 21, but not for someone else until five days before the election, or Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012.

Those picking up ballots on behalf of someone will need a written request from the voter, designating them as the person authorized to carry out the ballot. The designee will be asked to provide a photo ID and to complete an affidavit before releasing the ballot to them.

For more information contact: Brian E. Corley, Supervisor of Elections at 1-800-851-8754 or visit pascovotes.com

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