Across Florida, elections supervisors are expecting a huge turnout for the first presidential election since 1952 that doesn't include a sitting president or vice president on the ballot. Hillsborough County is no different.
This Know Your Candidates special report is aimed at helping you make the most efficient trip to the poll possible, whether you vote in the comfort of your home with an absentee ballot, venture to one of the county's early voting sites by Nov. 1 or head to a traditional precinct on Nov. 4.
Inside you'll find information on all major races on the ballot and details of the half-dozen proposals for amending the state's Constitution. Other information you'll need:
Absentee ballot: You have until Oct. 29 to request a ballot be mailed to you by either going online, calling, faxing, mailing or e-mailing the elections supervisor's office. See contact information at the end of this story.
Early voting: Monday through Saturday, registered voters may vote early until Nov. 1. Bring a picture and signature ID.
At three locations, the hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.:
-County Center, 601 E Kennedy Blvd., 16th Floor
-Elections Service Center, 2514 N Falkenburg Road
-Plant City City Hall, 302 W Reynolds St.
At 10 locations, the hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.:
-College Hill Branch Library, 2607 E Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
-Bloomingdale Regional Public Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave.
-Upper Tampa Bay Regional Public Library, 11211 Countryway Blvd.
-Platt Regional Library, 3910 S Manhattan Ave.
-SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way
-Temple Terrace Public Library, 202 Bullard Parkway
-Riverview Branch Library, 10509 Riverview Drive
-West Tampa Branch Library, 2312 W Union St.
-New Tampa Regional Library, 10001 Cross Creek Blvd.
-Keel Regional Library, 2902 W Bearss Ave.
Polls are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Registered voters should bring their picture and signature ID card to their assigned precinct, which can be found on their voter cards. Precinct information can also be obtained from the election supervisor's office.
New No Match, No Vote law
If you applied to register to vote after Sept. 8 and have received a letter saying your voter registration application didn't match government databases, you need to provide additional information to the county elections office. If you fail to do so before Election Day, you can still cast a provisional ballot at the precinct.
You then must, by the Thursday after Election Day, provide proof you are qualified to vote to the county elections supervisor office so your provisional ballot will be counted.
Elections supervisor information
Go online to www.votehillsborough.org or call (813) 272-5850.
Mailing address: Hillsborough Supervisor of Elections, County Center, 601 E Kennedy Blvd., 16th Floor, Tampa, FL 33602