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Hillsborough elections supervisor touts voting by mail

Restaurants will serve up reminders in to-go orders, as well.
 
Craig Latimer, Hillsborough County supervisor of elections, is encouraging the public to use vote-by-mail ballots in 2020.
Craig Latimer, Hillsborough County supervisor of elections, is encouraging the public to use vote-by-mail ballots in 2020.
Published May 11, 2020

TAMPA — How about a side order of democracy with your burger and fries, Cuban bread, gyro or coffee?

Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer is partnering with eating establishments and other businesses to tout the benefits of voting by mail this election season. Latimer also mailed his own reminder to voters this week that they can order vote-by-mail ballots.

“Vote by mail is really the way to go in 2020,” Latimer said in a released statement. “Getting that request in now gives peace of mind to voters looking for a healthy, safe way to vote in August and November.”

To help spread the word, BurgerFi, La Segunda bakery, Acropolis and The Blind Tiger coffee shops are including vote-by-mail fliers with customers’ food orders. Other businesses also agreed to distribute the information.

“It’s a simple message — we deliver! We’ll deliver the election to you,” said Latimer. “It just makes sense to remind people of the convenience of vote by mail when they’re ordering delivery or picking up a to-go order.”

The mail pieces from Latimer’s office were sent Monday and include three options for requesting mail ballots. Voters can make the request online, call the office or mail back an enclosed form.

Hillsborough County voters can mail their voted ballots back, no postage necessary. They can also drop their ballots off at any early voting site (during early voting hours) or at one of the four Supervisor of Elections offices. Florida’s primary election is Aug. 18, and the general election is Nov. 3. Vote-by-mail ballots are due by 7 p.m. on Election Day.