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What you need to know before voting in the Florida Primary

Posted at 10:35 AM, Mar 04, 2020

FLORIDA — Now that Super Tuesday is behind us, the eyes of the political world starts to shift toward Florida.

The Florida Presidential Primary is coming up March 17.

“You know in Hillsborough County, about 70% of our voters vote prior to election day, either early vote or vote by mail,” said Craig Latimer, Supervisor of Elections for Hillsborough County.

You can fill out a ballot in person or drop off your mail ballot at any early voting site throughout your county.

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“On election day, you must vote at the precinct that you reside in because your ballot is printed and waiting for you at that precinct,” said Latimer.

In Pinellas County, the staff is helping residents make sure all their voter information is up to date.

“You want to check that status. Is my address current? Do I know where I’m going? Because a lot of polling places have changed, you want to make sure you are going to the right locations, you want to know what political party you are affiliated with,” said Chief Deputy Supervisor of Elections, Julie Marcus.

Early voting doesn’t start until Saturday in Pinellas County, but they already have more than 70,000 mail ballots.

“The deadline to request a mail ballot to be mailed to you is 5 p.m. March 7, make sure you get it back to us by 7 p.m. election day,” said Marcus.

What’s on each ballot changes depending on where you live. Be prepared to vote for more than just a presidential primary.

“In Pinellas County, we have 12 municipalities who are conducting elections,” said Marcus.

If you have yet to register to vote, it’s too late for March, but make sure you get it done at least 29 days before the next election.

“This is our democracy, and people should take advantage of being involved in it, voting is not a spectator sport,” said Latimer.

For more information on these particular counties, go to Votepinellas.com or Votehillsborough.org.