Staying cool as campaigning heats up in the final stretch
by Carol Lim
Early Voting is underway now through Sunday, August 24th for the Florida Primary elections at 15 polling sites in Hillsborough County. Since August 14th, the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Office reported unofficially 10,405 ballots have been cast during early voting. The SOE also has received 47,447 ballots by mail.
Hillsborough County also had 3 extra days of early voting than other Florida counties. Early voting in Hillsborough County is from August 14-24th, compared to August 16-23rd statewide. Hillsborough County election officials also set early voting hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
“We had a higher early voter turnout the first 7 days compared to 2012. We expect higher numbers and a big spike this weekend. Tuesday is the last day to vote in the primary,” said Gerry Kramer, Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Media Relations spokesperson.
Hillsborough County has 756,328 registered voters, with slightly more Democrat voters.
During early voting, the 3 busiest polling places have been Jan Platt Library in South Tampa with 1,390 ballots cast; Jimmie B. Keel Library on Bearss Ave. (Carrollwood-North Dale area) with 1,279 ballots cast and Bloomingdale Library in the Valrico-Brandon area with 1,204 ballots cast.
The Florida Primary is Tuesday, August 26, 2014. Polling sites will be open from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Bring current, valid photo and signature identification to vote. If you have not voted by mail and want to vote at your assigned polling place on Tuesday, you must bring your absentee/mailed ballot with you. Otherwise, absentee ballots must be delivered by the voter on Tuesday to the SOE offices on Kennedy Boulevard in downtown Tampa or at Faulkenburg Road by 7 p.m. to be counted.
To see sample primary ballots, change voter registration, track your vote by mail and for more information, go to http://www.votehillsborough.org