St. Petersburg Votes For City Council Seats

Voters will decide the fate of four City Council seats and eight ballot measures Tuesday in what is expected to be a day of low turnout.

St. Petersburg’s 71 polling locations opened at 7 a.m.

About 85 percent of the city’s 156,517 registered voters are not expected to cast ballots. About 9 percent of registered voters, 14,168 people, have already mailed their ballots, said Nancy Whitlock, a spokeswoman for the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections.

All of the polling stations opened without problems at 7 a.m., Whitlock said.

She said they were hoping for a good turnout, noting that how many people come out to cast their vote depends on what’s on the ballot.

Unlike other off years — a City Council election with no mayor’s race — there’s no major referendum question sparking controversy.

Among other questions, voters will decide on a measure to increase the time a company can lease and manage the city port from 10 years to 25 years and on a measure to grant tax incentives to companies that create jobs.