Hillsborough supervisor of elections says poll workers have trained for Tuesday

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HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – The Hillsborough County supervisor of elections said Tuesday’s election is a championship game.

“This is equivalent to a Super Bowl, quite frankly,” Craig Latimer said.

For months, Latimer said, his office has prepared, much like the two candidates. “We’ve trained 3,100 poll workers, so when they come to vote they’re going to be able to assist them. We’ve deployed equipment to 280 voting sites throughout the county and we’ve just finished running two weeks of early voting,” he said.

Early voters made history. In Hillsborough County more than 200,000 people voted early. Close to 200,000 voted by mail.

Those numbers are not surprising to Latimer. “We’ve added 100,000 more voters to our roll since 2012. So yes, we’ve already had more people voted early, more people voted by mail, but we also have 100,000 more voters,” he said.

Still, Latimer expects big crowds Tuesday. “We’re going to have a robust turnout. In 2012 we voted 62 percennt of our voters prior to Election Day and we had 240,000 voters show up on Election Day,” he said.

Latimer reminded voters that if you vote Tuesday, you must go to the precinct that’s in the area where you live. If you still have a mail-in ballot, you have to drop it off to the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections office by 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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