By Barbara Ann Kelley,

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – The General Election on Tuesday, Nov. 6 is not your first day to vote – it’s your last. Early voting for the 2012 presidential race between incumbent Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney takes place throughout Tampa Bay beginning Saturday and ends a week later on Saturday, Nov. 3.

Early voting is fast, easy and the best way to avoid the long lines on election day. Most of the counties polling hours during early voting will be 7AM – 7PM. Although in counties where polls are located in a courthouse, the hours may be different. Please re-confirm hours with your county’s supervisor of elections. Here are the links to each county’s Supervisor Of Elections website.

Hillsborough County –

Pasco County –

Pinellas County  –

Hernando County –

Remember to bring a valid photo and signature ID when you go to vote, no matter what county you live in. In addition, you don’t have to prove you’re a U.S. citizen despite what you may have heard. If you are registered to vote and have the proper photo and signature ID cards, you may vote.

Do not allow anyone to harass you while voting. Voter intimidation is illegal and should be reported immediately. Florida’s voter fraud hotline number is 1-877-868-3737.

Examples of acceptable valid photo ID include:

  • Florida Driver License
  • Florida ID Card issued by the Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles
  • Debit or Credit Card
  • Military ID or Student ID

Hillsborough County Locations for Early Voting

C. lythe Andrews Jr. Public Library
26th Floor
601 E Kennedy Blvd
Tampa, 33602

Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library
2902 West Bearss Avenue
Tampa, 33618

New Tampa Regional Library
10001 Cross Creek Blvd
Tampa, 33647

Plant City, Bruton Memorial Library
302 W McLendon St
Plant City, 33563

SouthShore Regional Library
15816 Beth Shields Way
Ruskin, 33573

Temple Terrace Public Library
202 Bullard Pkw
Temple Terrace, 33617

Town ‘N Country Regional Public Library
7606 Paula Drive
Tampa, 33615

West Tampa Branch Library
2312 W Union St
Tampa, 33607

Bloomingdale Regional Public Library
1906 Bloomingdale Ave
Valrico, 33596

For additional early voting locations in Hillsborough County click HERE.

Early Voting Locations for Pinellas

County Courthouse
315 Court St.
Room 117
Clearwater, 33756

Election Service Center
13001 Starkey Rd.
Starkey Lakes Corporate Center
Largo, 33773

County Building
Annex Conference Room
501 First Ave. N.
St. Petersburg, 33701

Early Voting Locations for Pasco County

East Pasco Government Center
14236 6th St
Dade City, FL 33523

West Pasco Government Center
8731 Citizens Dr, Suite 110
New Port Richey, FL 34654

Land O’Lakes Branch Library
2818 Collier Parkway
Land O’Lakes, 34639

New River Branch Library
34043 S.R. 54
Zephyrhills, 33543

Hudson Regional Library
8012 Library Road
Hudson, 34667

South Holiday Branch Library
4649 Mile Stretch Drive
Holiday, 34690

Regency Park Branch Library
9701 Little Road
New Port Richey, 34654

Early Voting Hours & locations For Hernando County

Monday – Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sunday – 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Main Office of Supervisor of Elections
20 N. Main St.
Rm. 165
Brooksville, 34601

Branch office
7443 Forest Oaks Blvd.
Spring Hill, 34606

Your vote really does count. Don’t waste it by not voting or voting for an unofficial candidate. An example of how much every vote counts: Sen. John Kerry lost Ohio in 2004 by just six votes per precinct, for instance. That year, a shift of less than 60,000 votes in Ohio would have given Kerry a victory over then-President George Bush despite his national popular vote deficit of three-and-a-half million votes. Of course, the 2000 election between then-Texas Governor Bush and Vice President Al Gore provides a starker example. Bush won Florida by a mere 537 votes following the famous recount – thus winning the state’s electoral 25 votes at the time and the presidency.

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