This Week in Politics – August 12, 2018

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Primary Day isn’t until August 28, but Early Voting for the primary starts this week.

Voters can only cast a ballot in the primary if they are members of the Democratic or Republican party — No Party Affiliation voters have to wait until the general election. The closed primary also means you can only vote for your party’s candidates.

For Early Voting hours and locations, click your county below.

NOTE: Early voting locations are often different from your usual polling place, but you can vote at any one of them during the early voting period.

Monday, August 13  Sunday, August 26
Hillsborough County 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Friday, August 17  Saturday, August 25
Citrus County 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday, August 18  Saturday, August 25
Hernando County 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Highlands County – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Manatee County – 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Pasco County  hours vary by day
Polk County 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sarasota County – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 18  Sunday, August 26
Pinellas County  hours vary by day

***DON’T FORGET to bring a photo ID with your signature.

On Tuesday, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce holds its 2018 Political Hob Nob. Come to the Tampa Convention Center from 4:30 to 7 p.m. to meet the candidates for offices statewide and in Hillsborough County.

Also on Tuesday, there will be multiple demonstrations and prayer vigils across the Bay Area to end the death penalty. Florida’s first execution in six months is scheduled for Tuesday night. It will come less than two weeks after the pope called for an end to executions in all cases.

Sarasota County will test its election equipment for accuracy on Wednesday. The public is invited to observe the logic and accuracy testing of the county’s voting and tabulating equipment as required by law.

Next Sunday, August 19, the national chapter of the NAACP will hold its largest rally yet against Florida’s Stand Your Ground law since the shooting that killed Markeis McGlockton on July 19 at a Clearwater mini mart.

The event runs from 4 – 7 p.m. at the North Greenwood Recreation Center in Clearwater. Immediately following the event, protesters will “walk to the site of the incident to release a special balloon and pray for the family.”

NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson, and Chairman of the Board of Directors Leon Russell will be in attendance, among other local and national civil rights leaders.

The following morning, Monday, August 20, the Clearwater Upper Pinellas branch of the NAACP will hold a rally at 9 a.m. outside the Pinellas County Courthouse, hoping to speak with State Attorney Bernie McCabe.


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