Early Voting: Know before you go

9:05 AM, Nov 2, 2012   |    comments
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Tampa, Florida -- It's not unusual for early voters to wait in line for 30-40 minutes to cast their ballot in Hillsborough County.

Voter turnout in the county is expected to break records. At closing time Thursday, 112,955 early votes have been cast so far with an additional 126,014 vote by mail ballots returned. Turnout is at 31.81% so far.

Saturday is the last day to take part in early voting. The 15 early voting locations in Hillsborough County will be open Friday and Saturday from 7am to 7pm. Times vary by county.

If you want to speed up the process, make sure you bring your photo signature ID. Acceptable forms of ID include your Florida Driver's License, Student ID, US Passport, Military ID, Debit/credit card with photo, Neighborhood Association ID, Retirement Center ID, or Public Assistance ID.

Your voter ID card is not an acceptable form of identification.

You can also print out a sample ballot and bring it with you to the poll so you know how to vote on your official ballot. You must vote on the ballot provided to you at the polling site. You cannot turn in the filled out sample ballot.

While it's too late to request a vote by mail ballot, you can pick one up in person at one of the four election offices in Hillsborough County between 8am-5pm Monday-Friday. These are the same locations where you can drop off the filled out vote by mail ballot. You can also drop off the vote by mail ballots at the early voting polling sites as well during early voting. On Election Day, you must drop it off at the four main offices by 7pm.

The locations for Hillsborough Voters are:

Riverview: Supervisor of Elections South Office, 10439 Gibsonton Drive

Tampa: Supervisor of Elections Northwest Office, 12022 Anderson Road

Tampa: Main Office: Fred B. Karl County Center, 601 E. Kennedy Blvd, 16th Floor

Tampa: Main Office: Robert L. Gilder Elections Service Center, 2514 N. Falkenburg Road

Voters in other counties may also pick up their vote by mail ballots at their county's election office. Click on your county below to find out where to go. 

To find out where your county's early voting sites are:

Hillsborough County

Pinellas County

Pasco County

Polk County

Manatee County

Hernando County

Citrus County 





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