Hillsborough officials working around the clock as Election Day approaches

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Elections officials all over the Bay area are making last minute preparations for Election Day.

Over the weekend, Hillsborough County officials worked around the clock to prepare voting machines for the more than 300 precincts in the county.

“We have our game plane,” Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer said. “We’ve been planning for months and months and months.  We’ve tested the equipment.  Now, we’re deploying our plan.”

Early voting ended Sunday at 7 p.m.

In Hillsborough County, more than 272,000 people used the early voting system, statistics show. More than 176,000 mailed in their ballots.

Latimer tells News Channel 8 people aren’t allowed to watch the system from voting sites, as Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump has suggested publicly. Only registered voters, elections officials and credentialed poll watchers are allowed inside polling stations.

The machines aren’t connected to the internet or intranet, Latimer said, so there’s no major concern about an outside influence hacking into the system.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 8th. People in line at 7 p.m. will be allowed to vote.

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