It's still election day in Pinellas County, votes being counted

LARGO, Fla. - It is sort of anti-climactic, but it IS still "election day" in Largo at the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections offices. 

At 9:00 Wednesday morning, elections workers here in Pinellas County picked up where they left off last night -- resuming their count of over 9,000 absentee ballots.

"When we realized the volume that had come in the last couple hours of the day there just wasn't time to properly log these into the system and process them," said
Nancy Whitlock, a spokesperson with the Supervisor of Elections Office.

She went on to tell us today that while he morning-after tabulations may make some differences in a few local - city races, it was difficult to tell because the ballots came from all over the county.

"This is what we've been doing for two weeks," she said, motioning to the dozen or so workers behind glass partitions feeding the 8 1/2" x 17" four-page Pinellas ballots into vote counters.  "The opening and processing of ballots is just a continuation of that process and we're just trying to finish up today so we can have the unofficial results completed."

This final process on-going under the watchful eyes of the County's Canvassing Board  and in the wake of an embarrassing snafu with the office's "Robo-Call" system that erroneously told over 12,000 voters yesterday that election day was "tomorrow" in a message that was initially supposed to go out Monday.

"We haven't decided if we are going to use this program again or not," said the spokesperson, acting as a sound-bite surrogate for Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark, who chose to not address the media during the final stages of the vote-counting. 

"We'll be very careful with the wording and make sure we use an actual date in the script."

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