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Coronavirus in Florida podcast: Preparing the polling place ahead of Tuesday’s primary

Cancellations and coronavirus concerns may affect voter turnout, but steps are being taken to guarantee voting booths will be available.
On this show, we'll talk to experts and reporters, share the facts behind the spread of the virus and discuss what could happen next.
On this show, we'll talk to experts and reporters, share the facts behind the spread of the virus and discuss what could happen next. [ Eli Zhang ]
Published Mar. 16, 2020
Updated Mar. 16, 2020

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A slew of events across Tampa Bay have been canceled or postponed amid travel restrictions and increasing health warnings, but one thing that hasn’t been canceled is Tuesday’s presidential primary in Florida.

Coming in to Tuesday, former Vice President Joe Biden leads Bernie Sanders by more than 150 delegates. On top of that, Biden has had a sizable lead in Florida polls. A number of factors could affect voter turnout on Tuesday, including more people choosing to vote early and use mail in ballots.

Of course, another factor that will affect turnout is coronavirus. So, on this episode, we talked to Brian Corley, the supervisor of elections in Pasco County, about what is being done to prepare for Tuesday.

You can listen to the latest episode by clicking the “play” button in the audio player above or by downloading it on your favorite podcast platform.

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Tampa Bay Times coronavirus guide

Q&A: The latest and all your questions answered.

EVENT CANCELLATIONS: Get the latest updates on events planned in the Tampa Bay area in the coming weeks.

PROTECT YOURSELF: Household cleaners can kill the virus on most surfaces, including your phone screen.

BE PREPARED: Guidelines for essentials to keep in your home should you have to stay inside.

STOCK UP YOUR PANTRY: Foods that should always be in your kitchen, for emergencies and everyday life.

FACE MASKS: They offer some protection, but studies debate their effectiveness.

WORKPLACE RISK: A list of five things employers could be doing to help curb the spread of the disease.

READER BEWARE: Look out for bad information as false claims are spreading online.

OTHER CORONAVIRUS WEBSITES:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Florida Department of Health

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