Early Voting gives you the flexibility to vote when and where it's most convenient for you. Early Voting dates, times and locations vary by county. As long as you're registered to vote in Hillsborough County, you can vote in any Early Voting site we have open. This is much different than Election Day voting, when you must vote in the polling place assigned to your precinct. For the 2016 Primary and General Elections, we will have 16 Early Vote Sites open for the maximum number of days allowed by law. During the election cycle, you will be able to scroll down to see locations, hours of operation and wait times on this page.
Many voters don't understand why they can vote at any Early Voting site, but can only vote in one particular polling place on Election Day. The answer is a matter of numbers and that fact that where you live determines which races are on your ballot. During Early Voting, we have printers in each voting site that print different ballots for voters registered in different precincts--something that would be cost prohibitive in hundreds of Election Day polling places. Our ballots are printed in advance for Election Day. When you go to your polling place on Election Day, your ballot will be waiting for you.
When it comes to the voting process, Early Voting is just like Election Day voting. You check in, receive your ballot, mark the ballot, and then feed your ballot into our tabulators. Those tabulators record your votes and hold your paper ballot so that we can always double check our results manually, if necessary.