TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are gearing up for the end of the 2020 election, making final efforts to ramp up support and convince voters they deserve four years in the White House.
Here’s the latest on the 2020 presidential election (all times ET):
Hillsborough County scramble to submit ballots before deadline (Tuesday 6:55 p.m.)
Trump calls into radio shows before polls close
President Donald Trump called into talk radio shows in the battleground states of Pennsylvania and Wisconsin just hours before polls closed.
Trump projected confidence Tuesday that he will win key states like North Carolina and Florida and said he’s expecting a “great” evening.
He was set to call into conservative host Mark Levin’s show minutes after the first two interviews, but Levin abruptly said Trump would not be appearing. Levin said he was told the president couldn’t come on the show but gave no further details.
Trump told Wisconsin host Vicki McKenna that he is expecting a strong night based on lines of people waiting to vote. Trump has sown doubts about mail voting, without evidence, and is expecting most of his supporters to turn out on Election Day.
At the same time, his campaign was hosting a call with reporters in which they projected confidence but predicted a tight race that would come down to turnout.
Large voter turnout in Hillsborough County (Tuesday 5:20 p.m.)
Local election officials are reporting massive voter turnout in Hillsborough County
Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer tweeted that as of 5 p.m. 89,874 voters cast their ballots on Election Day with 696,781 voters already casting their ballot including Early Voting and Vote By Mail.
Judge orders USPS to search Florida facilities for ballots, send out immediately (Tuesday 4 p.m.)
A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has ordered U.S. Postal Service inspectors to sweep more than two dozen mail processing facilities for lingering mail-in ballots and for those ballots to be sent out immediately.
The order, which includes centers in central Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Detroit, Atlanta, south Florida and parts of Wisconsin, comes after national delivery delays leading up to the election and concerns the agency wouldn’t be able to deliver ballots on time.
Florida reaches 100% of 2016’s voter turnout (Tuesday 11:45 a.m.)
Florida reached 100% of 2016’s entire voter turnout before noon on Tuesday. The numbers were confirmed by ‘Political Polls’ on Twitter at 11:47 a.m.
Dr. Jill Biden delivers Election Day remarks to voters in Tampa Bay (Tuesday 11 a.m.)
“There’s so much at stake,” Biden told reporters in St. Petersburg. “I don’t care if you’re worried about climate change, education, health care, gun control, whatever it is that you really, truly care about. It’s all at stake.”
Voting today? Here’s the best time to cast your ballot (Tuesday 11 a.m.)
If you’re planning to vote in-person in Hillsborough County and want a shorter line, the best time to go is 2 p.m. Tuesday.
“First thing in the morning, 7 a.m., we generally have people lined up and ready to go to work. It’s a busy time. Then, 6 p.m. at night. I tell people 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. That’s where you’re going to have the best success,” Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer told News Channel 8.
Those who plan to vote in-person should make sure to go to the correct polling location. Unlike early voting, you can’t just go to any site. You will need to bring a driver’s license or a government ID.
Large voter turnout in Pinellas County (Tuesday 8:30 a.m.)
Local election officials are reporting massive voter turnout in Pinellas County, the largest swing county in the area.
Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Julie Marcus tweeted that 7,100 voters cast their ballots the first 30 minutes polls were open.
Jill Biden will be in St. Petersburg at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday to stump for her husband.
Busier than usual Election Day in Hillsborough County (Tuesday 8 a.m.)
With more than 591,000 residents having already cast their ballots for this year’s presidential election, Hillsborough County has become somewhat of a hotspot for the Biden and Trump campaigns.
Jill Biden will be in Tampa at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday to urge voters to back her husband.
Although the county went blue for Hillary Clinton in 2016, President Donald Trump’s campaign could get a boost from the Latino vote, specifically from Cuban Americans who tend to favor the incumbent.
Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer anticipates a deluge of calls from people asking where to cast their ballot. For those wondering, here’s a list of polling locations. Voters must bring their mask and a valid ID.
Long lines in Polk County on Election Day (Tuesday 7:20 a.m.)
More than 240,000 voters have cast their ballots in Polk County. More Democrats than Republicans opted to vote by mail, while more Republicans than Democrats turned up for early voting.
Lines at the county’s polling locations are still expected to be long on Election Day. Voters began lining up outside Mount Tabor Baptist Church, one of the county’s 167 precincts, at 6 a.m.
Several congressional seats, a county commission race and a county referendum are on the ballot.
Polls open for Election Day (Tuesday 7 a.m.)
Election Day polls have opened across Florida as voting begins for the most anticipated presidential race in recent history.
Polls open at 7 a.m. and will stay open until the last voter in line by 7 p.m. has cast their ballot.
Voting lines form in Pinellas County (Tuesday 6:30 a.m.)
A long line has formed outside the Supervisor of Elections Office in Pinellas County as people get ready to turn in their mail-in ballots for the 2020 election.
There’s only a 4,000 person difference between registered Democrats and Republicans in the county of nearly a million people. The county also has a large percentage of independent voters.
Voters in Pinellas County have picked the winner of every presidential race since 1980. Pinellas went red for Donald Trump in 2016, blue for Barack Obama in both 2012 and 2008 and red for George W. Bush in 2004 – all with very narrow margins.
Pollsters say this year’s election will come down to the county’s independent voters who appear to favor Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
Here’s how to get free or discounted rides to the polls in Tampa Bay (Tuesday 6 a.m.)
HART, the public transit system serving Hillsborough County, will offer free rides to the polls on Nov. 3. Riders must show a valid voter information card. The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority offers free rides each year to encourage people to vote. PCPT, the public transit system serving Pasco County, is offering free rides to polling places on Election Day to those who present a valid voter information card.
Lyft is offering a 50% off code on Election Day. Use code 2020VOTE to take 50% off (up to $10) one Election Day ride to a polling place or ballot dropbox. Uber now has a list of polling locations on its app and is offering a 50% discount on rides to and from each location up to $7 each way, or $14 round trip.
Jill Biden returning to Tampa Bay on Election Day (Monday 3 p.m.)
Dr. Jill Biden will be back in the Tampa Bay area on Election Day to drum up support for her husband, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
The Biden campaign says Dr. Biden will visit Tampa and St. Petersburg on Tuesday. The former second lady was also in Tampa on Sunday.
Pasco County Public Transportation offering free rides to polls on Election Day (Monday 2:30 p.m.)
Pasco County Public Transportation is offering free bus rides to the polls Tuesday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Riders will be asked to present a valid voter information card to take advantage of this free service.
“I’m proud to be part of a cooperative effort that helps the citizens of Pasco County exercise their right to vote,” said Supervisor of Elections Brian E. Corley. “Our goal is to ensure access for all voters and free transportation helps make that possible.”
For more information on poll locations, please contact the Supervisor of Elections office at 1-800-851-8754
President Trump’s election night plans (Monday 1 p.m.)
President Donald Trump will be spending election night at the White House.
The White House communications director said, “the president is eager to watch results from the White House, which only the incumbent president gets to do.”
The president was initially expected to hold his election night event at his Trump International hotel in Washington.
Former Vice President Joe Biden is expected to be in Delaware at the Chase Center.
Forget to mail in your ballot? Here’s what you can do (Monday 9 a.m. ET)
If you still have your mail-in ballot, you can drop it off at your county’s Supervisor of Elections Office. The ballot must be turned in by 7 p.m. on Election Day. You will no longer be able to drop it off at polling locations.
93 million+ ballots cast across the nation (Sunday)
(NBC/WFLA) — More than 93 million Americans have cast their votes in the U.S. presidential election continuing at a record pace, according to a tally on Sunday from the U.S. Elections Project at the University of Florida. This election is expected to have the highest participation rate in over a century.
Pres. Trump, Biden campaign across the country in final push (Sunday)
(NewsNation Now) — President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden held multiple events across several states on Sunday with less than two days left in the presidential race.
Trump held five rallies in five states: Michigan, Iowa, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida. He is expected to hold seven more rallies on Monday to close out the final full day of the campaign.
Biden campaigned in Philadelphia on Sunday, holding three events across the state.
Jill Biden hosts drive-in rally in Tampa
Jill Biden visited Florida Sunday in hopes of encouraging Floridians to cast their ballots on the final day of early voting in several counties.
Jill stopped in Tampa around 5 p.m. for a “Get Out the Vote” drive-in rally. Earlier in the day she visited Tallahassee and Orlando.
Final prep for early voting in Tampa Bay counties
More than 230 clerks spent Saturday morning picking up Election Day supplies at the Election Service Center in Tampa.
This is one of the final steps ahead of Election Day. The equipment has already been delivered, it will be set up on Monday, and Tuesday they will welcome voters.
If you still have a mail-in ballot, though, you will need to physically turn it in to make sure your vote is counted.
If you choose to turn in your mail-in ballot on Election Day, you will need to turn it in to one of your local Supervisor of Elections offices. Election Day polling locations will not be able to take your mail-in ballot.
Halloween marked the last day of early voting for Citrus, Hardee, Hernando, Highlands, and Pasco counties. Hillsborough, Manatee, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota counties wrap up early voting Sunday.
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