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Voting System in Pinellas County: ES&S Optical Scan

The Florida Legislature mandated that all Florida voters use paper ballots with optical scan voting systems, effective July 1, 2008. Pinellas County purchased the Election Systems & Software voting system, which was first used countywide for the August 26, 2008 Primary Election. Prior to that, the system was used for St. Pete Beach municipal elections on March 11 and June 3, 2008.

  • All voters now use paper ballots, whether voting by mail, early or at the precinct on Election Day
  • The DS 300 Ballot Scanner processes paper ballots in each precinct and early voting location
  • ExpressVote ballot-marking devices are available to allow voters with special needs or disabilities to mark a paper ballot privately and independently
  • Sign up for ballots by mail: Why stand in line for the same ballot you can have mailed to your home?



View a step-by-step VIDEO: What to Expect at the Polling Place 

View Photo Page: What to Expect at the Polling Place
(Step-by-Step Voter Guide)


Frequently Asked Questions: Optical Scanner

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Julie Marcus ● Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Email: [email protected] | Mail Ballots: [email protected] | Public Records Request: Submit Form

P:(727) 464-VOTE (8683) ● F:(727) 464-6239

Election Service Center

13001 Starkey Rd.
Largo, FL 33773
(Starkey Lakes Corporate Center)

Pinellas County Courthouse

315 Court Street, Room 117
Clearwater, FL 33756

County Building

501 First Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(Fifth Street North Entrance)

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