Election 2020: Follow the Tampa Bay Times for voting updates, results, analysis

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The scene with no lines and no waiting about two hours after the polls opened for early voting at Amalie Arena, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020 in Tampa.
The scene with no lines and no waiting about two hours after the polls opened for early voting at Amalie Arena, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020 in Tampa. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published Nov. 2, 2020|Updated Nov. 3, 2020

Election week is upon us, and here are ways you can follow the Tampa Bay Times coverage in the days ahead.

There’s a helpful Q&A for those who have yet to vote. And our voter guide covers 111 local candidates. Also, learn more about each of the Florida constitutional amendments on the ballot.

On Tuesday morning, reporters, photographers and videographers will be stationed around Tampa Bay, checking in at the polls and documenting this historic election. We should have a live updates story going by 7 a.m. ET. Look for it at the top of the homepage.

Throughout the day, we’ll post stories from our region, the state and the country. And, around 6:30 p.m. ET, we’ll start a live election analysis, driven by statehouse reporter Kirby Wilson and featuring political editor Steve Contorno and columnist John Romano.

In a story published today, state accountability reporter Allison Ross explains what happens after polls close in Florida, including how and when vote counts are reported. The Times uses the Associated Press to call presidential and state races. The AP addresses how it calls races in this helpful explainer.

When polls officially close at 7 p.m. ET, reporter Jay Cridlin will launch a live local results story that will keep you updated with the latest on races in Tampa Bay and Florida. This will include links to the over 50 election night stories we have planned. We’ll also have a selection of live results pages, built by data reporter Langston Taylor, for the presidential election, Florida Legislature, as well as Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando county races. You’ll find links to those at the top of or on

But you don’t have to rely solely on our website to get the latest.

Sign up for election-related text messages, and correspond with our reporters.

Want push alerts? Download the Tampa Bay Times app, and set up your notifications.

Fan of newsletter updates? We’ll be sending breaking news newsletters for major stories and results, along with updates from our politics newsletter, The Buzz. We’ll have a special edition of the DayStarter ready to roll Wednesday morning.

Do you prefer to spend Election Day scrolling on social media? Make sure to follow the Times on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. And check out our YouTube page, where we will be posting videos from around Florida and the United States.

For our print and e-Newspaper readers, our Wednesday edition will be loaded up, with further updates over the following days.

Our staff will start early and stay up late — maybe even all night — to make sure you have the latest news and results.

Tampa Bay Times elections coverage

SIGN UP FOR ELECTION TEXT MESSAGES: Get voting information, news updates and ask political editor Steve Contorno questions about the candidates and issues, directly through your phone.

VOTER GUIDE: Access the Tampa Bay Times’ Know Your Candidates guide at

HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT VOTING IN FLORIDA? WE HAVE THE ANSWERS: We’ve compiled information on early voting locations, rules for voting by mail and more.

AMENDMENTS: State constitutional amendments on the 2020 ballot, explained.

FELONY CONVICTION? Here are Florida’s rules for registering to vote.

MAIL-IN BALLOTS: So you want to vote by mail in Florida? Here’s what you need to know.

WHY A FLORIDA CITY’S BLACK VOTERS BEAT NATIONAL AVERAGES: Turnout is 10 percent over the national average. That’s been true for generations. The story of Chester James Sr. helps explain why.

POSTAL SERVICE CONCERNS: What’s going on with the U.S. Postal Service and should Florida be worried?

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