by Carol Lim
Sunday is the last day to vote early in Hillsborough County before the Nov. 4th Election on Tuesday. This is the first Florida Governor’s race in which more people have voted before Election Day itself, WFLA-TV reported Sunday morning. The clerk at Jimmie B. Keel Library on Bearss Avenue said 1,200 people voted there on Friday and expects the same turnout by the end of Saturday at this location.
Unofficially, 78,277 ballots have been cast during Early Voting at 15 voting sites in Hillsborough County, as of Sunday, 10 a.m., the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Office reported.
Unofficially, the SOE also has received 117,373 ballots by mail and 132 provisional ballots- (Sunday, 10 a.m.)
Voters who voted Saturday morning said they voted this weekend because of the convenience of Early Voting and a tight governor’s race between former governor Charlie Crist and Governor Rick Scott, seeking a second term. Candidate and amendment supporters and campaign signs also were out in full force to woo votes. Early Voting hours in Hillsborough County are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Polling places will be closed Monday for poll workers to set up for Election Day on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, voters can only vote in the precinct where they reside. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 4th.
To Early Vote or on Nov. 4th, Tuesday, registered voters must present a valid signature and photo identification.