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Top Five Reasons Why You Should Vote

You’ve heard people say “Why should I vote?” or “I’m only one person. My vote won’t make a difference.” But you DO count. You DO make a difference. Here are just a few of the reasons you should take the time to familiarize yourself with the candidates and learn what those sometimes-confusing referendum questions are all about:

  • Elections cause CHANGE

Not happy with something in your city/state/country? YOU have the power to make a difference in the quality of life for yourself and future generations by casting a vote.

  • Make YOUR voice heard

Elections are decided by the people who go out and vote. If you don’t vote, someone else will make the decision for you.

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  • It’s your money

Do you know how your tax dollars are being spent? Voting is your chance to CHOOSE how your tax dollars are used.

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  • Your community is DEPENDING on you

Our communities are made up families, friends, neighbors and children. Some may not know how important voting is; others don’t have the privilege. Vote for yourself and those around you.

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  • Yes, one vote CAN make a difference

All those singular votes together can cause BIG things to happen.

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And as a bonus reason, you get one of those really cool I VOTED stickers!

In the 2020 Clearwater city elections, voters will decide three city council races and six ballot referendums.

Here’s what voters need to know:

Check out the Pinellas County Voters Guide.

Check your ballot status online here.

For more information about candidates, ballots, and precincts, visit the Pinellas Supervisor of Elections website at or call (727) 464-VOTE (8683).

Mail ballots have gone out. The deadline to request a mail ballot is March 17 at 5 p.m. To request a mail ballot, visit, call 727-464-8683, or email

Early voting runs from March 9 to March 17, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. t0 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Residents can vote early at three locations: The Election Service Center at 13001 Starkey Rd, Largo; the County Building at 501 First Ave N, St Petersburg and the Pinellas County Courthouse at 315 Court St, Room 117, Clearwater.


Campaign Reports can be viewed here:


Voter information can be found at On Election Day, March 19, 2024, polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

Register to Vote

Find Your Voting Precinct

Track Your Mail Ballot Status



2023 Florida Election Code(PDF, 2MB)

Florida Candidate and Campaign Treasurer Handbook (2024 Election Cycle)(PDF, 1MB)

Guide to the Sunshine Amendment & Code of Ethics(PDF, 407KB)

City Charter(PDF, 254KB)

Temporary Sign Guidelines for Political Campaign(PDF, 2MB)


Clearwater voters can direct any questions to the City Clerk’s Office at (727) 562-4093.


City of Clearwater


So what are you waiting for? Get out there and vote!

Voting materials will be provided in both English and Spanish.


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