Registration Deadline: You must be registered for at least 29 days before you can vote in an election.
Party Affiliation: Voters without party affiliation are not eligible to vote for party candidates in a primary election. However, a constitutional amendment adopted in 1998 states that IF all candidates for an office have the same party affiliation and the winner will have no opposition in the general election, all qualified voters, regardless of party affiliation, may vote in the primary election for that office. Party changes must be made by the end of the 29th day before the Primary Election. If you are not registered to vote in the political party for which the primary election is being held, you may vote for nonpartisan candidates and issues.
VOTER REGISTRATION QUALIFICATIONS
Age: Be 18 years old by the next election (you may preregister if you are 16 years old, but you cannot vote until you are 18 years old).
Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen
Residency: Must be a resident of Florida
Mental Competency: Not now be adjudicated mentally incapacitated with respect to voting in Florida or any other state without having the right to vote restored;
Felony Convictions: Not have been convicted of a felony without your civil rights having been restored;
ID Requirements: New applicants require one of the following:
-A current and valid Florida driver's license number;
-A current and valid Florida identification card number;
-Last four numbers of your Social Security number;
If you have none of the above, you must include one of the following with application or at a later time before you vote:
-A form of an ID that shows your name and photo (U.S. Passport, debit or credit card, military ID, student ID, retirement center ID, neighborhood association ID, or public assistance ID); or
-A copy of an ID that shows your name and current residential address (utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document containing your name and current residence address)
OBTAINING A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM
Online: Florida online voter registration application or download a form to fill out physically.
In person: Request or pick up a Florida voter registration application from the office of your county supervisor of elections or any of the following:
-Any voter registration agency (i.e., office that provides public assistance,, office that serves persons with disabilities, center of independent living, armed forces recruitment office, and public library)
-Any office that issues driver licenses (some tax collector’s offices issue driver licenses). You may also submit your voter registration information electronically at the same time as you get a new or renewed license. The electronic information will be forwarded to the Supervisor of Elections for processing.
-The Division of Elections
-Fishing and hunting license shops.
By mail/ in writing: Download a form and send it completed to your local board supervisor.
By fax: Contact your Supervisor of Elections to ask for a faxed voter registration form.
VERIFYING YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS
Online:Florida online voter registration verification
Phone: Contact the Florida Voter Assistance Hotline (in English and Español) at toll-free 1-866-308-6739.
ABSENTEE BALLOT QUALIFICATIONS
Who can vote absentee: All qualified (registered) voters are permitted to vote absentee under Florida law.
Other absentee voter qualifications:A voter, or, if directly instructed by the voter, a member of the voter's immediate family or the voter's legal guardian, may request an absentee ballot from the Supervisor of Elections. The request must be made in person, by mail, by fax, by telephone, or online through the Supervisor of Elections’ website. One request can serve as a request to receive a ballot in all elections occurring from the date of the initial request through the end of the calendar year following the second ensuing regularly scheduled general election.
OBTAINING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
Online: You, a member of your immediate family or your legal guardian (if instructed by you), may request an absentee ballot by submitting an online or email request directly through your county Supervisor of Elections' website.
In person: You, a member of your immediate family or your legal guardian (if instructed by you), may request an absentee ballot by submitting an in-person request at your county Supervisor of Elections' office.
By mail: You, a member of your immediate family or your legal guardian (if instructed by you), may request an absentee ballot by submitting a mailed request to your county Supervisor of Elections' office.
Military and overseas voting: MIlitary and Overseas Citizens Registering and Voting Absentee
SUBMITTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
Location and time: Instructions for completing the absentee ballot are included with the ballot. The voted ballot must be returned and received by the Supervisor of Elections no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day.
You can track the status of your absentee ballot request and the ballot through the online voter registration lookup link at: http://elections.myflorida.com or through your Supervisor of Elections’ website.
Early voting qualifications: All voters may vote early with no further registration or qualifications.
If there is an election that contains a state or federal race, early voting must begin 10 days before an election and end on the 3rd day before an election. In addition, early voting may be offered at the discretion of the supervisor of elections on one or more of the following days: the 15th, 14th, 13th, 12th, 11th, or 2nd day before the election. Early voting must be offered for at least 8 hours but not more than 12 hours per day. Early voting is optional in elections not held in conjunction with a state or federal office. Contact your board supervisor to find out the specific times and locations for early voting if and when offered in an election in your county.
Verifying Registration: Florida Voter Registration Verification
Deciding how to vote: http://www.votesmart.org/
Time off to vote: Time off to vote is subject to the employer. Florida state law does not require employers to grant time off to vote for employees.
Polling Place: Polling Place Locator.Polling places are also found by contacting your local County Supervisor of Elections
- Florida driver's license;
- Florida identification card issued by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles;
- United States passport;
- debit or credit card;
- military identification;
- student identification;
- retirement center identification;
- neighborhood association identification;
- and public assistance identification
- If the picture identification does not contain a signature, you will be asked to provide an additional identification with your signature.
How to Vote:
- Optical scan
See more detailed guides on the Florida voting systems and voting procedures.
Problems with voting: Florida HAVA Complaint Form or report any election fraud you know of.
Verifying absentee ballot status: You can access your absentee ballot status indirectly through the portal on the Division of Elections Voter Information Lookup.