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Hillsborough elections offices to close due to coronavirus

Hillsborough Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer announced his offices would be temporariiy closed to the public because of coronavirus concerns.
Hillsborough Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer announced his offices would be temporariiy closed to the public because of coronavirus concerns. [ MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times ]
Published Mar. 18, 2020

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Elections offices in Hillsborough County will be closed to the public at 5 p.m. today until April 20 in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

“We’re taking these measures because I believe it’s critically important to do our part to address this urgent public health issue,” said Hillsborough Elections Supervisor Craig Latimer in a release Wednesday. “At the same time, I’m committed to addressing the needs of our candidates, voters and the public remotely — through our website, email, phone and by appointment when necessary.”

His office is placing a temporary hold on processing paper voter registration applications, the release said. Hillsborough residents can register, update voter registration information or sign up for Vote By Mail at VoteHillsborough.org, by email at voter@hcsoe.org, or by calling (813) 744-5900, according to the release.

Candidates can contact the candidate services liaison at candidate@hcsoe.org or (813) 384-3944.

Presidential Preference Primary voters who need to cure Vote By Mail or provisional ballot signature discrepancies have until 5 p.m. Thursday. Voters are encouraged to submit the required signature cure affidavit and identification electronically by email to voter@hcsoe.org or by fax to 813-744-5843. Staff will be available at the Elections Service Center at 2514 N Falkenburg Road Wednesday and Thursday to receive the documentation if it is mailed or delivered in person.

Provisional ballot voters can visit the Provisional Ballot Status page on VoteHillsborough.org for more information and to check on the status of that ballot. Vote By Mail voters can visit the Vote By Mail page of the website to check the status of their ballot, the release said.

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