How to vote in Tampa Bay

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Tues., Nov. 8 is the big day — aka Election Dayand we’ve done the Googling, so you don’t have to. To make this election as easy as possible, we’ve curated need-to-know information about how and where to vote, along with what we’re voting on — from the Dalí Referendum to Hillsborough County School Board. 👇

Are you registered?

First things first, make sure you’re eligible + registered to vote.

Find your polling location

Hillsborough and Pinellas polling places will be open on Tues., Nov. 8, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you’re unsure where to go, you can request voter information that provides your registration status + polling location (Hillsborough, Pinellas).

Early Voting

Early walk-in voting is available every day from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. through Nov. 6 at the following locations in Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties. You’ll be required to provide signature and photo identification, which can be in the form of your Florida driver’s license, US passport, student ID, or other forms of identification.

Voting absentee? Completed ballots must be returned to Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Office by 7 p.m. on Tues., Nov. 8 or one of the valid locations throughout Pinellas to be counted.

What are we voting on?

There are 65 local candidates running in this election. If you didn’t know, Florida’s districts have been redrawn this year. To determine your district, check out these interactive maps + resources, then use your districts to identify your candidates.

You can also identify your voting district by checking your voter registration status or sample ballot. Find information on how congressional and state legislative district boundaries are established here.

At TBAYtoday, we aim to cover local elections in a way that educates and activates our community with unbiased information to encourage individual voter participation. (I.e. vote for whoever + whatever you want to, just make sure to vote.) To learn more, check out our Editorial Ethics Policy.

Meet the candidates

US Senator

  • Marco Rubio | REP
  • Val Demings | DEM
  • Dennis Misigoy | LPF
  • Steven B. Grant | NPA
  • Tuan TQ Nguyen | NPA

US Representative, District 12

  • Kimberly Walker | DEM
  • Gus Michael Bilirakis | REP

US Representative, District 13

  • Eric Lynn | DEM
  • Anna Paulina Luna | REP
  • Frank Craft | LPF

US Representative, District 14

  • Kathy Castor | DEM
  • James Judge | REP

US Representative, District 15

  • Alan M. Cohn | DEM
  • Laurel Lee | REP

US Representative, District 16

  • Jan Schneider | DEM
  • Vern Buchanan | REP

Governor and Lieutenant Governor

  • Ron DeSantis, Jeanette Nuñez | REP
  • Charlie Crist, Karla Hernandez | DEM
  • Hector Roos, Jerry “Tub” Rorabaugh | LPF
  • Carmen Jackie Gimenez, Kyle “KC” Gibson | NPA

Attorney General

  • Ashley Moody | REP
  • Aramis Ayala | DEM

Commissioner of Agriculture

  • Wilton Simpson | REP
  • Naomi Esther Blemur | DEM

State Attorney, 6th Judicial Circuit

  • Allison Miller | DEM
  • Bruce Bartlett | REP

Florida Representative, District 62

  • Michele K. Rayner | DEM
  • Jeremy M. Brown | REP

Florida Senator, District 16

  • Darryl Ervin Rouson | DEM
  • Christina B. Paylan | REP


Florida Senator, District 14

  • Janet Cruz | DEM
  • Jay Collins | REP

Florida Representative, District 64

  • Susan L. Valdes | DEM
  • Maura Cruz Lanz | REP

Florida Representative, District 65

  • Jen McDonald | DEM
  • Karen Gonzalez Pittman| REP

Florida Representative, District 66

  • David Tillery | DEM
  • Traci Koster| REP

Florida Representative, District 67

  • Fentrice Driskell | DEM
  • Lisette Bonano | REP

Florida Representative, District 68

  • Lorissa Wright | DEM
  • Lawrence McClure | REP

Florida Representative, District 69

  • Andrew Learned | DEM
  • Daniel “Danny” Alvarez | REP

Florida Representative, District 70

  • Eleuterio “Junior” Salazar Jr | DEM
  • Mike Beltran | REP

Hillsborough County Commissioner, District 1

  • Harry Cohen| DEM
  • Scott D. Levinson| REP

Hillsborough County Commissioner, District 2

  • Angela Birdsong| DEM
  • Ken Hagan | REP

Hillsborough County Commissioner, District 5

  • Mariella Smith| DEM
  • Donna Cameron Cepeda | REP

Hillsborough County Commissioner, District 7

  • Kimberly Overman| DEM
  • Joshua Wostal | REP

Hillsborough County Commissioner, District 11

  • Harry Cohen | DEM
  • Scott D. Levinson | REP

Hillsborough County Court Judge, Group 14

  • Melissa Black
  • Mike Issak


Florida Senator, District 18

  • Eunic Ortiz | DEM
  • Nick DiCeglie | REP

Florida Senator, District 21

  • Amaro Lionheart | DEM
  • Ed Hooper | REP

Florida Representative, District 58

  • Bernard Fensterwald| DEM
  • Kimberly Berfield| REP

Florida Representative, District 59

  • Dawn Douglas| DEM
  • Berny Jacques| REP

Florida Representative, District 60

  • Lindsay Cross| DEM
  • Audrey Henson | REP

Florida Representative, District 61

  • Janet Varnell Warwick | DEM
  • Linda Chaney | REP

Pinellas County Commissioner, District 2

  • Patricia “Pat” Gerard| DEM
  • Brian Scott | REP

Pinellas County Judge, Group 1

  • Della Cope, Nonpartisan
  • Megan Roach, Nonpartisan

Pinellas School Board Member, District 3

  • Keesha Benson, Nonpartisan
  • Dawn Peters, Nonpartisan

Pinellas School Board Member, District 6

  • Brian M. Martin
  • Stephanie Meyer

For more information on how, when, and where to vote, click here. Read more on candidates for state senate and house, here.