Early voting begins across Tampa Bay

Early voting begins in most counties

HILLSBOROUGH, FL. - Election day is just over two weeks away but early voting kicks off today, the same day Donald Trump will be back in Tampa. Hillary Clinton will also be in Hillsborough County this week for an event on Wednesday.

Both candidates are feeling pretty good about their chances here in Florida, as they fight for your vote.

They're paying attention to Florida for good reason.

Did you know your vote actually carries more weight? According to the website FiveThirtyEight, a vote cast in Florida is worth 2.5 times more than a vote in another part of the US.

That means we really could have the power to choose the next president. The same website says Florida has a 1 in 5 chance of being the tipping point in this year's election.

This election is expected to have a huge turnout, according to the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections office. Every local county in Tampa Bay, besides Pasco and Highlands Counties, will open select locations for early voting Monday, which will operate from 7AM-7PM.

Whether you choose to vote early or on November 8th, election officials say there's a crucial item you should bring with you: Your sample ballot. You can fill it out and bring it with you to vote so you remember all of your selections.

One thing to leave behind: Your cell phone. We're all so used to taking selfies and updating our social media pages, and we're all going to want to brag about voting. Yet, you absolutely don't want to take any selfies with your filled out ballot. It's actually against state law.

In many states, you're NOT allowed to pose for a selfie with a ballot that's filled out.
The laws are mixed depending on where you go. Federal judges have struck down bans on ballot selfies in states like New Hampshire and Indiana. But, right here in Florida – it could get you in trouble.

As for Trump’s visit on Monday, he will be at the Mid-Florida Credit Union Amphitheatre at the state fairgrounds at 7PM. Doors will open at 4PM.

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