Early Voting Opens for Special Elections in Hillsborough
The elections are for mayor of Temple Terrace and the Republican primary for State House District 58.
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY – Early voting began today (Sept. 30) for two special elections in Hillsborough County.
The special elections will determine the mayor of Temple Terrace and the Republican who will run in a general special election for state House District 58. Election Day is Oct. 10.
The Temple Terrace mayor’s seat became vacant in May when Kim Leinbach tendered his resignation as mayor citing and “onset of significant family health issues.” Three candidates have qualified: David Ganessingh, Mel Jurado, and Linda Ormsbee.
Temple Terrace holds nonpartisan elections, so all registered voters who live in the city of Temple Terrace may vote in the race for mayor. If no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the votes, the top two candidates will move on to a Dec. 19 runoff election.
The special election for House District 58 was ordered to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Rep. Daniel Raulerson. Five candidates qualified to run: Yvonne Fry and Lawrence McClure who are both Republicans; Jose Vazquez, a Democrat; Bryan Zemina, a Libertarian; and Ahmad Hussam Saadaldin, who has no party affiliation.
The Oct. 10 election will be a primary. Only Republicans will vote in the District 58 primary because no other party fielded more than one candidate. Florida has closed primaries, so voters must
be registered with a party to vote in that party’s primary election. The winner of the primary will move on to the Dec. 19 special election.
EARLY VOTING: Early voting began today and ends Oct. 7. Four aarly voting locations are open every day from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. During early voting, voters can vote at any of these four locations, and choose the time that works best for them:
* Fred B. Karl County Center, 601 E. Kennedy Blvd., 16th Floor, Tampa
* Robert L. Gilder Elections Service Center, 2514 N. Falkenburg Rd., Tampa
* Temple Terrace Public Library, 202 Bullard Pkwy., Temple Terrace
* Bruton Memorial Library, 302 W. McLendon St., Plant City
During early voting and on election day, voters should bring a Florida drivers license or other valid, current photo and signature ID with them to vote. A full list of acceptable forms of ID are listed at VoteHillsborough.org. Voters who don’t bring ID may vote a provisional ballot.
ELECTION DAY: Election Day is 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 10. On Election Day, voters must vote in the polling place assigned to their precinct. Some polling locations have been changed temporarily. Voters should check their Election Day polling place at VoteHillsborough.org or call (813) 744-5900 before voting.
VOTE BY MAIL: Vote By Mail ballots must be in the Hillsborough CountySupervisor of Elections office no later than 7 p.m. Oct. 10. Voters who haven’t mailed their ballots back yet should consider dropping them into a secure ballot box in person during early voting or at one of Hillsborough County’s elections offices. Vote By Mail ballots cannot be turned in at Election Day polling places, but they can be canceled if a voter decides to vote in person instead of by mail.
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