TAMPA — Some changes are in store for east Hillsborough voters even before any ballots get counted.
Like where to vote.
The Hillsborough County supervisor of elections changed locations for Precincts 966 and 968 in Palm River after finding out last week the business that had hosted the precincts was closed.
Now the 3,910 voters who used to go to All Events Catering at Harris Hall will vote at the 78th Street Community Library, about a half-mile away.
The poll changes came less than a week before today's election.
Elections officials said they check all polling sites a few weeks prior to every election. That's when they found out All Events Catering was out of business, said Travis Abercrombie, a spokesman for the supervisor's office.
Letters were mailed last Thursday informing voters of the new location. And an advertisement about the change ran over the weekend in local newspapers.
Peg Reese, director of operations for the supervisor of elections, said officials tried to make a deal with the bank that owns the catering hall to keep using the site, but the offer was refused.
Elections officials released a statement Monday reminding voters to be familiar with their ballot and polling locations.
"We've made every effort to let the voters know about the changes in polling sites," Reese said.
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