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First Hillsborough Ballots Are in the Mail

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Florida’s presidential preference primary is March 17. Residents have until Feb. 18 to register or change their party to vote in the election.

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY – The Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections on Friday (Jan. 31) sent out more than 2,000 ballots to overseas voters and absent military voters for the upcoming Presidential Preference Primary Election.

The office is also preparing to send out more than 163,000 ballots Thursday (Feb. 6) to domestic voters. Voters have until March 7 to request that a ballot be mailed to them.

Voters who request a Vote By Mail ballot are encouraged to update the signature they have on file with the elections office. Signature updates can be made by filling out an updated voter registration application online or on paper. Online updates add the most recent signature on file with DHSMV to the voter record.

“Vote By Mail is by far the most convenient way to vote,” said Craig Latimer, Hilllsborough’s supervisor of elections.

Voters can request Vote By Mail by going to or calling (813) 744-5900. Vote By Mail ballots must be in the elections office by 7 p.m. March 17. The U.S. Postal Service recommends that voters mail ballots back at least one week before the deadline.

Voters can also drop their ballot off at any of the four Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections offices (during office hours) or at one of 23 early voting sites (during early voting hours).

Voters who plan to vote in person have two options. Early Voting in  Hillsborough County is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 2 – March 15. Election day voting is 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 17.

Florida holds closed primaries, so only Republicans and Democrats may vote in this election. The deadline to register or change party for this election is Feb. 18. Voters who are already registered to vote in Florida can update their address any time before voting.

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