On July 24, over 62,000 “Vote-By-Mail Ballot Requests” were mailed out by our Pasco County Supervisor of Elections office to vote in the August 28 Primary Election. The Pasco Democratic Party STRONGLY ENCOURAGES Democrats to not only return completed VBM Ballots as soon as possible, but to still sign-up for VOTE BY MAIL for the Primary using the on-line request form at pascovotes.com or by calling the elections’ office at 800-851-8754. These are THE FIRST BALLOTS that get counted and THE FIRST RESULTS that get announced on election night. Supervisor Brian Corley says it best: “Voting by mail continues to increase in popularity because voters like the convenience of voting at their leisure in the privacy of their home” and is “a viable option to early voting and election day voting which sometimes has long waiting lines.” The deadline to request a ballot to be mailed for the Primary Election is Wednesday, August 22, 2018. Voted ballots must be returned to the elections’ office by 7:00 p.m. election day, August 28, 2018. (NOTE: postal service regulations requires $ .49 postage to return the ballot by mail and voters should allow up to five business days. Voted ballots may also be hand delivered to any of the three Supervisor of Elections’ Offices in Pasco County, and will also be accepted at early voting sites during the early voting period. Voters can check the status of their vote-by-mail ballot at pascovotes.com. Voted ballots may not be turned in at the polls on election day.