Hillsborough to offer maximum 14 early voting days for primary
Hillsborough County will provide the most early voting in Tampa Bay in advance of Florida's Aug. 30 primary election.
The doors to Tampa-area voters will be open on Monday, Aug. 15, through Sunday, Aug. 28, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 16 sites, most of them regional libraries, including one new site, the Keystone Park Community Center at 17928 Gunn Hwy. in Odessa.
In Pinellas, where a majority of voters now cast ballots by mail, early voting will be available for nine days (Aug. 20-28) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends at all three county elections offices. (A previous version of this post listed different hours).
Pasco County will offer early voting for eight days and for eight hours a day (Aug. 20-27, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends) at eight locations. Hernando County will offer early voting on those same dates from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at four sites.
Complete lists of all early voting locations can be found on the supervisor of elections' web sites. By law, counties must offer at least 64 hours of early voting, for at least eight hours a day for eight days. They can offer a maximum of 168 hours, for up to 12 hours a day for 14 days, including the option of voting on the Sunday before Election Day.
Voter turnout in statewide primary elections in Florida has been low for decades. The turnout was 18 percent in 2014, 21 percent in 2012, and 22 percent in 2010. The last time primary turnout broke the 30 percent threshold was in 1992, when it reached 35 percent.