The reasons for the move aren’t clear but may relate to this year’s redistricting for congressional and legislative elections. There is concern that passing the redistricting plans and having them approved by federal and state judicial authorities could take too long to allow for candidate qualifying and campaigns.
But Hillsborough County Elections Supervisor Earl Lennard and Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn say preparations for the convention, which might include blocking streets downtown, could cause havoc with an election on the proposed Aug. 21 date.
The convention will begin Aug. 27. In a memo about the change, Lennard said streets could be closed and access to downtown areas limited as early as Aug. 20.
At least a half-dozen polling places downtown could be affected, election officials said, including the headquarters in the Frederick B. Karl County Center downtown.
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