Hillsborough surpasses single-day early voting total
TAMPA -- The first day of early voting this week marked the highest single day turnout since Florida started letting people submit early ballots in 2004.
In all, 10,884 people cast ballots at Hillsborough County's 13 early voting sites Monday. That surpasses the prior high of 10,415, cast on the final day of early voting during the 2004 general election.
The new record should be smashed repeatedly in the coming days. Gov. Charlie Crist on Tuesday ordered expanded hours for early voting sites throughout the state. Even before that, the number of people casting early ballots had jumped every day compared to the day prior, with the exception of Saturday.
And just as a reminder, Wednesday (Oct. 29), is the last day to request an absentee ballot.
-- Bill Varian, Times Staff Writer