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Early voting starts Monday across the Tampa Bay area. Here's what you need to know

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Thomas Iacobucci
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WUSF Public Media
Early voting for the Nov. 8 general election begins Monday, Oct. 24, in counties across the greater Tampa Bay region.

Early voting opens Monday in counties across the area, with the deadline to request a mail-in ballot on Saturday, Oct. 29.

Early voting for the Nov. 8 general election begins Monday, Oct. 24, in counties across the greater Tampa Bay region.

It's the first day that early voting can open across the state.

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Voters in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, Manatee, and DeSoto counties can begin casting their ballots Monday, with other counties following throughout the week.

"We are a large county and I want our voters to have plenty of options, so I keep early voting open for the maximum number of days allowed by law, including two full weekends," Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer said.

Voters can obtain a mail-in ballot through their county's Supervisors of Elections offices. The deadlines to obtain a ballot for the general election is Oct. 29. It must be returned by Nov. 8 at 7 p.m.

Here is when early voting begins across the greater Tampa Bay region, with links to voting locations.

Monday, Oct. 24:

Wednesday, Oct. 26:

Thursday, Oct. 27:

Friday, Oct. 28:

Whether voting during early voting or on Election Day, you must bring a current and valid photo ID with signature. Any one of the following photo IDs will be accepted:

  • Florida driver’s license
  • Florida identification card issued by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles 
  • United States passport
  • Debit or credit card 
  • Military identification 
  • Student identification 
  • Retirement center identification 
  • Neighborhood association identification 
  • Public assistance identification 
  • Veteran health identification card issued by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs 
  • License to carry a concealed weapon or firearm issued pursuant to s. 790.06 
  • Employee identification card issued by any branch, department, agency, or entity of the Federal Government, the state, a county, or a municipality.

To see your sample ballot, go to your county Supervisor of Elections website, identify your precinct based on your address, and look for information pertaining to the general election.

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