Attempting to vote twice is illegal, Corley says
Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley is alerting voters that it is illegal to try to vote twice.
Corley issued a news release on the topic after recent media coverage of President Donald Trump suggesting that voters could test the integrity of the system by sending in a vote-by-mail ballot and then going to vote in person.
“While we all want to ensure the integrity of any election, voters need to be aware that per Florida law, any voter who willfully votes or attempts to vote both in person and by mail is committing a felony, and will be referred to the State Attorney’s Office for prosecution,” Corley said, in the news release.
He also said that going to an early voting site or Election Day polling place to “verify” your vote-by-mail ballot was received is neither appropriate nor necessary and will cause unnecessary delays for those who are in line to vote.
Instead, Corley says, to ensure your ballot has been received, use the ballot tracking system at PascoVotes.gov/TrackYourBallot.
Pasco voters can opt to receive email and/or text alerts when their ballot is received in his office. Voters also can check the status of their ballot at PascoVotes.gov, in person at one of the Supervisor of Elections’ offices, or by calling (800) 851-8754.
Hillsborough County adds two more early voting sites
Hillsborough County has added early voting sites at Raymond James Stadium and Amalie Arena, bringing its total number of early voting sites to 26, according to Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer’s office.
All early voting locations will be open Oct. 19 through Nov. 1, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and will have vote-by-mail drop-off tents outside.
For a list of specific locations and other voting information, visit VoteHillsborough.org.
Kathryn Starkey named ‘commissioner of the year’
The Florida Federation of Republican Women named Kathryn Starkey as the statewide “County Commissioner of the Year,” during its conference held in Tampa during the weekend of Sept. 12 and Sept. 13.
She was singled out for her success in working with state and federal entities, as well as the private sector, to bring jobs and skills training to Florida.
Published September 16, 2020