More than 11-percent of the eligible electorate has already showed up to vote for Tampa mayor

The rest of you get your shot on Tuesday.

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Jane Castor, who is running to be Tampa's next mayor. - Anna Bryson
Anna Bryson
Jane Castor, who is running to be Tampa's next mayor.


So you missed your opportunity to cast an early vote in Tampa’s mayoral election. That’s alright. The supervisor of elections estimates that more than 26,000 of your fellow voters already did. The rest of you (roughly 211,000 people) get one last chance to do it on Tuesday, March 5.

That’s Tampa’s municipal election day when voters within city limits will make decisions on 18 amendments to the Tampa City Charter, select new city councilpeople and choose between the seven folks running for mayor. 

Hell, you may even get another chance to vote for mayor in a seemingly inevitable April 23 runoff election (former Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor leads polls, but doesn’t look like she’ll get the majority 50-percent vote to avoid the second vote).

Here’s how to vote in Tuesday’s election. 

  • Find your precinct — you must vote at your precinct on election day.
  • Round up two forms of ID that include your signature and photo (think: Florida driver’s license or ID card, U.S. passport, military ID, etc.). 
  • Follow the instructions from election officials at the polling place (they’re most likely volunteers, so be nice OK?).

You may also turn your vote-by-mail ballot in at the County Center in downtown. And if you fucked up on all of that by not registering in time, then make sure you can vote in the runoff by registering before March 25.

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Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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