TAMPA BAY, FL — With the 2020 primary coming up on Aug. 18 and the general election on Nov. 3, Tampa Bay supervisors of elections are working together to help residents get out the vote in the age of coronavirus.

Hoping to avoid long lines of masked, socially distanced voters at polling places during the primary, the supervisors of elections are encouraging residents to look at the alternatives to in-person voting.

The deadline to register to vote or change your party affiliation is July 20.

Vote By Mail

  • Contact your supervisor of elections office no later than Aug. 8 to request that a ballot be mailed to you, or you may pick up a mail ballot at an elections office in your county.

  • Mail ballots must be received by your supervisor of elections no later than 7 p.m. on primary day, Aug. 18.

  • Don’t forget to sign your vote by mail envelope before returning it.

  • Make sure you have a current signature on file with your supervisor of elections office. You can update your signature by completing a printed or online voter registration application. (An online application will add your most recent Florida driver’s license or Florida State ID signature to your voter record.)

  • Be consistent when signing your mail ballot return envelope. Signatures are compared to those on file with the elections office.

  • You may mail your ballot back or drop it off at your local elections office or early voting sites during the early voting period.

  • Check with your local elections office for more information on drop-off locations.

  • If you mail the ballot back, make sure to allow plenty of time for it to be received. The elections supervisors recommend that you allow at least a week for your mailed ballot to reach your elections office. If your ballot isn’t in your county’s elections office by 7 p.m. on election day, it will not be counted.

Early Voting

  • During early voting, you have the option to vote early in your county. Early voting dates, times and locations vary by county (see the list below). You must vote in the county in which you live.

  • Bring a current and valid photo and signature ID. Acceptable forms of identification include: a Florida driver’s license, Florida ID card issued by the (DHSMV) Department of Motor Vehicles, a U.S. passport, debit or credit card, military ID, student ID, retirement center ID, neighborhood association ID, public assistance ID, veteran health ID (issued by the Veterans Administration), concealed weapon license or government employee ID.

  • If you do not bring ID, you may vote a provisional ballot.

  • Mark your sample ballot in advance and bring it with you as a reference.

Early voting in Hillsborough County runs from Aug. 3-16 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at these locations:

  • Apollo Beach Community Center

  • Austin Davis Public Library

  • Bloomingdale Regional Public Library

  • Bruton Memorial Library

  • C. BlytheAndrews Jr. Public Library

  • Fred B. Karl County Center

  • Jan Kaminis Platt Regional Library

  • Jimmie B. Keel Regional Public Library

  • Maureen B. Gauzza Public Library

  • New Tampa Regional Library

  • North Tampa Branch Library

  • Northdale Recreation Center

  • Northwest Elections Office

  • Port Tampa Community Center

  • Providence West Community Center

  • Riverview Branch Library

  • Robert L. Gilder Elections Service Center

  • Southeast Elections Office

  • SouthShore Regional Library

  • Temple Terrace Public Library

  • Town ‘N Country Regional Public Library

  • West Tampa Branch Library

  • University Area Community Center

  • USF TECO Hall (David C. Anchin Center)

Early voting in Pinellas County runs Aug. 8-16 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the following locations:

  • County Courthouse Supervisor of Elections Office

  • Supervisor of Elections Office Election Service Center

  • Supervisor of Elections Office County Building

Early voting in Pasco County runs Aug. 8-15 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the following locations:

  • East Pasco Government Center

  • New River Library

  • Land O’ Lakes Library

  • Alice Hall Community Center

  • Advent Health Center ICE

  • Pasco County Utilities Admin Building

  • Odessa Community Center

  • Regency Park Library

  • South Holiday Library

  • West Pasco Government Center

  • Hudson Library

Election Day Voting

Florida law states that on election day you may only vote at the polling place assigned to your current home address. You are encouraged to update your address prior to election day to avoid delays at your polling place. If you don’t know where your polling place is, call your supervisor of elections or check the supervisor’s website.

  • On election day, bring a current and valid photo and signature ID. (See above for acceptable forms of identification).

  • If you do not bring an ID, you may vote a provisional ballot

  • Bring your filled out sample ballot to use as a reference.

Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer — 813-744-5900

Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Julie Marcus — 727-464-VOTE (8683)

Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley — 352-521-4302

This article originally appeared on the Tampa Patch

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