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August 9, 2023

REC Meeting: August 10, 2023

The next Hillsborough County Republican Executive Committee Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, August 10, 2023, with social hour beginning at 6:00 PM and the meeting starting promptly at 7:00 PM. Guests are welcome to attend.

The International Event Venue, 6463 W. Hillsborough Avenue, Tampa, 33634


President Trump recently came out in support of Vote-by-Mail and Early In-Person Voting in states that allow it (Like Florida) - (Watch video)

This comes as Governor Ron DeSantis has also come out in support of Early Voting as well (Read) and won the Early Vote in 2022 (Vote-by-Mail + Early Voting)


The FloridaGOP is asking you to request your Vote-by-Mail Ballot to ensure that you have a ballot automatically sent to you, which helps remind you of upcoming elections. After you receive your vote-by-mail ballot, you still have three options:

  • Fill it out and return it by mail (all counties allow you to track your ballot, just like FedEx)
  • Fill it out and drop it off at an Elections Office or Early Voting Location in your county.
  • Do not fill out your vote-by-mail ballot, and instead, go vote in person.(Bring your blank vote-by-mail ballot with you to show that you have not filled it out)

My preference: I prefer to vote on Election Day. My wife and 3 girls go out for an early breakfast and are one of the first in line right at 7am before school drop off. With that said, both of us always request our vote-by-mail ballot, fill it out, and put it in our desk drawer just in case one of us has to unexpectedly go out of town.

With that in mind, if you are a Republican in Florida (Yes, even you Election Day-only voters) I am asking you to contact your County's Election Office RIGHT NOW to request your ballot over the phone. Find your county's number here >

Note: As Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, I am committed to chasing every single Republican ballot. We will do this on Election Day AND during the critical Vote-By-Mail window and Early In-Person Voting days.


-Christian Ziegler
FloridaGOP Chairman


Election Dates & Deadlines

2024 Presidential Preference Primary Election

Deadline to register: February 20
Early Voting: March 4 - March 17, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Election Day: March 19, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

2024 City of Plant City Municipal Election

Deadline to register: March 4 (Only registered voters living in the City of Plant City are eligible to vote in this election.)
Early Voting: TBD
Election Day: April 2, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

2024 City of Plant City Municipal Runoff Election (if required)

Deadline to register: April 29 (Only registered voters living in the City of Plant City are eligible to vote in this election.)
Early Voting: TBD
Election Day: May 28

2024 Primary Election

Deadline to register: July 22
Early Voting: August 5 - 18, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Election Day: August 20, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

2024 General Election

Deadline to register: October 7
Early Voting: October 21 - November 3, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Election Day: November 5, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Please note:

  • Dates and times subject to change.
  • Florida is a "closed primary" state. That means only voters registered with a political party may vote in that party's Primary Election. You can change your party affiliation by submitting an updated Voter Registration Application at any time, but the change must be made 29 days before a Primary Election in order to be valid for that election. All registered voters, regardless of party affiliation, may vote on issues and nonpartisan races during a Primary Election. Your party does not affect your ballot for any election other than a Primary Election.

*Source: Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections

The Numbers

Although Republicans outnumber Democrats in the state of Florida, the voter registration in Hillsborough County as of August 8, 2023 is as follows:

Republicans - 293,259
Democrats - 329,977
Other - 297,579

To register to vote, change your party affiliation, change your name and/or address, please go to:
If you would like to request a Vote by Mail ballot, please go to: 

**If you request a Vote by Mail ballot, you are not required to vote by mail. It only provides you with the option to do so. **If you previously opted to Vote by Mail, you must make the request again for the 2024 election.**


Get Involved - Volunteer for a Committee

Whether you are an HCREC Member or a Concerned Citizen, your participation is needed. Contact one or more Committee Chairs and volunteer.

  • Precinct Development Committee Contact: Carmen Edmonds [email protected]
  • Communications Committee Contact:
    Kathy Gallo  [email protected] 
    Includes:  Social Media Team, Military/Veterans Team, Faith-Based Team, Email/Texting Team, Community Engagement Team
  • Legislative Affairs Committee Contact: Teresa Miller @[email protected]
  • Election Integrity Committee Contact: Jeff Lukens [email protected]
  • Get Out The Vote (Elections) Committee Contact: Rick Kunz [email protected]


We would like to thank Harry Simon, owner of the International Event Venue, 6463 W. Hillsborough Avenue, Tampa, for his generous donation of the Venue for our monthly HCREC meetings.
***Top Photo provided by Don Kruse****
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