HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Hillsborough County’s Early Vote sites open Monday, but thousands of voters have already voted early by mail. Here are some highlights covering what’s happened so far, what’s coming up and what Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer would like voters to know about the Primary Election:
UNOFFICIAL VOTER TURNOUT
- As of Sunday more than 43,000 Vote By Mail ballots have been received, and there are still 18 days to go. That’s already more than the total mail ballots cast during the 2012 Primary, and more than half the number of Vote By Mail ballots cast during the 2014 Primary. Voter turnout is continually updated on the website.
REMINDERS TO VOTERS
- August 24 is the deadline for voters to request that a Vote By Mail ballot be mailed to them. We pay the return postage, so it’s easy to return. Vote By Mail ballots can also be printed over-the-counter at any of our four offices.
The postal service recommends that voters allow at least 5 days for their ballot to arrive at our office. We have secure ballot boxes at our offices and Early Vote sites for anyone who prefers to return their Vote By Mail ballot in person. Vote By Mail ballots must be in the office by 7 p.m. August 30.
- We’ll have 16 Early Vote sites open from August 15 – 28, including both weekends. Sites are open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. During Early Voting, we print ballots on demand so that voters can vote in any Early Vote site. Voters can check wait times at Early Vote sites at VoteHillsborough.org.
- Election Day is Tuesday, August 30, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Hillsborough County has
340 precincts and 271 polling places. On Election Day, voters must vote in the polling place assigned to their precinct, because that’s where their ballot will be. Voters can find their polling place location at VoteHillsborough.org.
- When voting in person, voters will be asked to present current and valid photo and signature ID. Florida accepts 12 different forms of ID, and the list is found at VoteHillsborough.org. Voters without proper identification may vote a provisional ballot.
- Starting August 24, we’ll be loading and transporting huge trucks full of polling place equipment in preparation for Election Day. It will take more than 30 truckloads of equipment to accomplish the job.
- On Saturday, August 27, in addition to running Early Voting, we’ll provide more than 300 key poll workers with final supplies needed for Election Day.
These are the people who will be managing our polling places and they’ll stream through an efficient drive-through line at our Elections Service Center throughout the day.