Everything you need to know about early voting in the Florida primary in Tampa Bay area

Posted at 2:42 PM, Aug 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-13 07:20:10-04

The 2018 election will be a big one in Florida. A U.S. Senate seat, the governor position, numerous seats in the state legislature and some referendums are on the ballot.

The Florida primary is quickly approaching on August 28.

We've all been there on election day, waiting in long lines to vote. But early voting is becoming more and more popular.

Most Bay area counties kick off early voting on August 18, but some vary, so be sure to check with your specific county.

Early voting in Hillsborough: What to know

Early voting in Pinellas: What to know

Early voting in Pasco: What to know

Early voting in Polk: What to know

Early voting in Sarasota/Manatee: What to know

Early voting in Hernando/Citrus: What to know

Early voting in DeSoto/Hardee/Highlands: What to know


To avoid delays, please bring one or two forms of identification that include your signature and photo. Without proper identification, you may still vote a provisional ballot, which will later be evaluated by a canvassing board for eligibility. Any of the following forms of photo identification are acceptable:

  • Florida Driver License
  • Florida ID Card issued by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
  • 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 VA)
  • Concealed Weapon License (issued pursuant to s. 790.06)
  • Government Employee ID