Election Day Is Here

Learn about some of the proposed ballot measures and where you can vote on and around the USF campus this Tuesday.


By Jenna Withrow and Brittany Elliot

USF.edu News Writers


TAMPA, FL (Nov. 1, 2010) – The University of South Florida has caught political fever.


In preparation for Election Day 2010, USF has been a hotbed of political activity during the last few weeks.


In partnership with CNN and the St. Petersburg Times, USF served as a platform for democracy when it hosted the U.S. Senate and Florida Gubernatorial Debates in late October. Thousands of people turned out to watch the debates live in Theatre 1 and at the USF Student Government-sponsored watch parties in the Marshall Student Center.


Two weeks ago, more than 1,500 USF students revealed their political preferences in a Straw Poll on campus. The poll, which revealed a Conservative shift in voter sentiment, was led by USF Distinguished Professor of Political Science Susan MacManus and co-sponsored by Pi Sigma Alpha, the USF Honors College, and the USF Student Government Association.


With Election Day Tuesday, here is a run-down of everything you need to know to prepare:


WHERE TO VOTE: Students who live on campus are in Precinct 353 and will be voting in the Marshall Student Center room 3707. If you do not live on the USF Tampa campus, and do not know your precinct, visit the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Web site.


WHEN TO VOTE: If you are voting on Election Day, all polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 2. If you are voting by mail, absentee ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on Nov. 2. Early voting ends on Saturday, Oct. 30.


WHAT TO BRING: Voters must bring a photo I.D. Acceptable forms of I.D. include: driver’s license, student I.D., military I.D., passport, social security card, credit card, or any card that includes a photo and signature. See the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Web site for a complete guide on Election Day Voting Procedures. You can also find a Voter Guide on the Web site.


WHAT YOU ARE VOTING FOR: On Election Day, Florida citizens statewide will choose a new governor, U.S. Senator, cabinet members, and weigh in on amendments on such topics as class size and redistricting. Voters in Hillsborough County will also elect new state house representatives, county commissioners and school board members, among other political positions.Click here for a list of candidates.


Hillsborough County residents will also vote on the Transit Tax, which would increase the sales tax by one cent to pay for new commuter rail, expanded bus service and road work. View a special report about the light rail initiative and read a story about commuter rail models built by USF architectural students.


For a sample ballot, visit the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Web site. For an more extensive look at the 2010 Ballot, visit the St. Petersburg Times and the Tampa Tribune voter guides.

Still have questions? Visit the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Web site for more information.


Jenna Withrow covers student activities and events at USF. She can be reached at 813-974-4014. Brittany Elliot covers transportation issues.