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Voting location changes for Palm River precincts

Patti Vincenzini of Lithia arranges voting booths at the Palmetto Club ballroom Monday in preparation for Election Day at Precinct 701 in the Fishhawk neighborhood. The new polling site for precincts 966 and 968 is 78th Street Community Library. 

JOSEPH GARNETT JR. | Times

Patti Vincenzini of Lithia arranges voting booths at the Palmetto Club ballroom Monday in preparation for Election Day at Precinct 701 in the Fishhawk neighborhood. The new polling site for precincts 966 and 968 is 78th Street Community Library. 

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.

Jared Leone can be reached at (813) 226-3435 or jleone@sptimes.com.

.Fast facts

New polling site

Precincts 966 and 968, All Events Catering at Harris Hall, were changed to 78th Street Community Library, 7625 Palm River Road.

Voting location changes for Palm River precincts 11/01/10 [Last modified: Monday, November 1, 2010 10:38pm]
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