ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Florida is set for primary day Tuesday despite some concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.
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State officials said they feel enough has been done to ensure the safety of voters. Gov. Ron DeSantis said late Monday the state believes the election can proceed safely.
Meanwhile, Pinellas and Hillsborough counties are facing different scenarios on Election Day.
In Pinellas, close to 300 poll workers have dropped out due to COVID-19 concerns.
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Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark said about 130 pf them dropped out on Monday, sending officials scrambling for new workers.
"You might have poll workers at your precinct who have never been poll workers before and it is our responsibility to conduct elections," said Dustin Chase, spokesman for the supervisors office. "And make sure people’s constitutional right is fulfilled and we are doing the absolute best we can."
Officials conducted an emergency poll worker training session on Monday. Officials recruited more than 100 county employees to help fill those roles.
Still, election officials are advising voters to check their precincts before going to vote because some have changed or have been moved due to poll worker shortages.
Meanwhile, Hillsborough County has coronavirus contingencies in place as well but may be dealing with a lack of voter turnout.
Early voting and mail-in ballots back in 2016 were at 43 percent. Polls open today that number is just over 20 percent.
And questions remain about how many people will vote today with the coronavirus threat.
Hillsborough Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer will have extra crews wiping down polling locations, plenty of hand sanitizer as well. There are two mobile pop up precincts ready to go if any precincts need to close.
If you are heading to the polls, we've got some important updates.
First, just under a dozen precinct locations have changed for the day here in Hillsborough County- they are mainly precincts located in senior-type centers. If you normally vote at one of those, check the supervisor of elections office website or call them to get an updated precinct location.
Second, for any older voters who don't feel comfortable going to the polls - you can sign an affidavit and have someone else pick up a ballot for you. You fill out the ballot and have that designated person bring the ballot back.
That service is only available at one of the four main Hillsborough supervisor of elections offices.
Finally, the elections office say you have until 7 p.m. to drop off mail-in ballots. In Hillsborough County there are still some 75,000 mail-in ballots which have not been sent in. Those will still be counted if you drop them off today.