Sign up for election text messages with ConText 2020

Get voting information, news updates and ask political editor Steve Contorno questions about the candidates and issues, directly through your phone.
Sign up for election updates or to ask political Steve Contorno a question with ConText 2020.
Sign up for election updates or to ask political Steve Contorno a question with ConText 2020. [ BERNADETTE BERDYCHOWSKI | Times ]
Published Oct. 9, 2020|Updated Oct. 13, 2020

The Tampa Bay Times has a new way to help you separate the politics from the policy during this contentious election season — by sending the information you want directly to your phone via text message.

Introducing ConText 2020, a free service from the Times in the runup to Election Day (and beyond).

It’s easy to sign up: Just provide your phone number below and hit send. Confirm your number via text and you’re good to go!

If you are unable to see the signup field on your device, click here to enter your number. You can also text “context” to (813) 212-2598. We will never share your phone number with anyone else, and you can opt out any time you feel like it.

We’ll provide you with voter information and news updates, plus policy and candidate information, with coverage from Times reporters and editors.

You’ll even get thoughts and insight from political editor Steve Contorno, and be able to ask him questions directly through your phone. When he answers, it will be right to you and no one else.

ConText 2020 will operate through November, helping you navigate the issues before Election Day and following events after Nov. 3 to put the results in perspective.

This text service uses a third-party app called Subtext, and was funded in part through a grant from the American Press Institute’s Trusted Elections Network Fund. Donors are not involved in the reporting or editing process.

At the end, we may ask you how you liked the service, and whether you’d like to continue getting texts from us. We’re depending on your participation, so sign up for ConText 2020 today!

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Voter guide is coming soon: The Tampa Bay Times will publish a special election section Sunday, Oct. 18 with information on local races. You can also access our Know Your Candidates guide now at

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