Voters can expect safety precautions at all Hillsborough County polling locations

Posted at 3:45 AM, Aug 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-18 18:06:33-04

TAMPA, Fla. — Voters casting a ballot in person for Tuesday's primary election can expect several safety precautions in place at polling locations across Hillsborough County. This is to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 while voting.

MORE: Find my polling location for 2020 Florida Primary Elections

All poll workers must pass a temperature check and wear a mask to come inside the polling location. Hillsborough County is also limiting touchpoints between voters and poll workers. All poll workers will be behind plexiglass barriers as well, according to Hillsborough County.


Voters can expect single-use stylus pens and one-time use secrecy sleeves as a part of new safety precautions. Social distancing will be encouraged and there will be a one-way path with arrows for voters to follow once inside the polling location.


Hillsborough County will also be limiting the number of voters allowed inside a polling location at any given time. There could be some delays due to the safety precautions in place, according to Craig Latimer, Hillsborough Supervisor of Elections. Latimer is now encouraging voters to give themselves a little extra time to vote in-person, just in case.

As of 5:30 p.m. on Monday, August 17, 19.39% of eligible voters in Hillsborough County have voted.


Vote By Mail ballots must be received in the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections office no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day. Voters can drop them off at any of our four offices on Tuesday.

Mail ballots may NOT be turned in at an Election Day polling place, but voters can have their mail ballot canceled if they decide they want to vote in person instead.

MORE: Track my Vote By Mail ballot