Over 172K have already voted in Hillsborough, Pasco

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Nearly a quarter of eligible voters in the Tampa area have already cast ballots in the presidential election, with the Pasco supervisor calling the early turnout “phenomenal” and his counterpart in Hillsborough praising voters for their preparedness.

By Tuesday afternoon, 172,510 people had voted in Hillsborough County, or 24 percent of those eligible, while 70,419, or 23 percent, had done so in Pasco County. Those voters either used an absentee/mail-in ballot or reported to designated early-voting sites that opened Saturday.

“The turnout’s been phenomenal, and I expected nothing less,” said Brian Corley, elections supervisor in Pasco. “I’m very, very pleased. It’s gone very well.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.