HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (970 WFLA) - Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer offers voters five tips that will ensure a smooth and easy voting experience.
1. Know your polling place. On Election Day, your ballot will be waiting for you at the polling place assigned to your precinct. Your votes won't count if you try to vote in the wrong location on Election Day. Find your polling place listed on your voter information card, look it up online at votehillsborough.org or call the supervisor of elections office at (813) 744-5900.
2. Poll workers will be checking for valid and current photo and signature identification before issuing you a ballot. Florida accepts nine different forms of voter id: fl driver's license, fl id card (issued by DHSMV), US passport, debit or credit card, military id, student id, retirement center id, neighborhood association id and public assistance id. (You do not need to bring your voter information card to the polls.) If you forget id, you can vote a provisional ballot.
3. Vote by mail ballots must be in one of the supervisor of elections offices by 7 p.m. august 26. Vote by mail ballots cannot be accepted at polling places because they would not arrive in the supervisor of elections office by the 7 p.m. deadline. A new law states that vote by mail ballots cannot be printed over-the-counter on Election Day except in case of a voter emergency. Those voters will be required to sign an affidavit (which becomes public record) explaining the emergency that kept them from being able to vote at their assigned polling place.
4. If you received a vote by mail ballot but have changed your mind and prefer to vote in person at the polling place, your experience will be quicker if you bring the mail ballot with you and surrender it at the polling place. Otherwise, poll workers must verify that your vote by mail ballot has not been received before giving you an Election Day ballot.
5. Make your voting decisions before you head to the polls. You may bring your sample ballot or notes with you for reference.
Polling places and the supervisor of elections' four offices will be open from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
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