TAMPA, Fla. — While the number of COVID-19 cases across the United States steadily climbs, local governments are taking steps to slow the spread.

Local restaurants, bars and stores are closing, but the polls will be open for Floridians to cast their ballots in the Presidential Preference Primary.

We contacted our local supervisors of elections and they're all taking similar steps to protect you at the polls.

  • Hand sanitizer and wipes are being made available
  • Poll workers are cleaning more frequently, wiping down pens and voting booths
  • Voters and poll workers are being encouraged to keep a safe distance from others, the recommended six feet
  • Poll workers showing any symptoms are being encouraged to stay home

Many voters took advantage of early voting to avoid crowds and lines. In Hillsborough County, voting in the presidential preference primary is up 20% over turnout in 2016.

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It’s important to note that polling locations have changed as counties across the Tampa Bay region have had to consolidate precincts. Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, and Hillsborough County have changed some of their polling locations. Click the county names for the latest information.

In Hillsborough County, voters in Precinct 906 will now vote at Sun City Center Florida Room because Sun Towers is no longer open to outside visitors. Polling place changes will be posted on the county website, and on-site signs will direct voters to the proper location for voting. The county has also prepared two "pop-up precincts" in case polling locations close at the last minute.

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