Turnout low at Tampa Bay area polls
If the slow, rain-soaked day of voting continues, there's a chance more people will have cast ballots early than on Election Day in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, officials said Tuesday.
"It's kind of looking that way now," said Travis Abercrombie, a spokesman for Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Earl Lennard.
A record 32,209, or 4.8 percent of registered voters, cast ballots early in Hillsborough County. The previous record for a primary election was in 2008, with 21,155 early ballots.
By noon Tuesday, about 4 percent of Hillsborough's 666,642 eligible voters had cast ballots, according to a sample of 10 polling sites. At that rate, 26,666 people would vote on Election Day.
There's an even greater chance in Pinellas County of early voting outpacing Election Day. As of 2 p.m., 4.45 percent of people had voted, said Nancy Whitlock, spokeswoman for Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark.
Meanwhile, about 13 percent of registered voters cast early ballots.