Registration Deadline: The last day to register to vote is 29 days before an election.
Party Affiliation: Florida is a closed primary state. Only voters who are registered members of political parties may vote for respective party candidates for an office in a primary election. The deadline to change parties before a primary election is 29 days before the day of the primary election.
However, there are times when all registered voters can vote in a primary election, regardless of which major or minor political party they are registered or even if they are registered without a specific party affiliation:
1. If all the candidates for an office have the same party affiliation and the winner of the primary election will not face any opposition in the general election (i.e. no write-in candidates have qualified), then all registered voters can vote for any of the candidates for that office in the primary election.
2. If races for nonpartisan (i.e., free from party affiliation) judicial and school board offices, nonpartisan special districts or local referendum questions are on the primary election ballot, then all registered voters, including those without party affiliation are entitled to vote those races on the ballot.
At a general election, all registered voters receive the same ballot and may vote for any candidate or question on the ballot. If there are write-in candidates who have qualified for a particular office, a space will be left on the ballot where their name can be written.
VOTER REGISTRATION QUALIFICATIONS
Age: Must be at least 18 years old to register (You may pre-register to vote if you are 16 years old)
Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen
Residency: Must be a resident of Florida
Mental Competency: Not have been 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 for Voter Registration: New applicants require one of the following:
-A current and valid Florida driver's license number or a current and valid Florida identification card number
-AND Last four numbers of your Social Security number;
OBTAINING A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM
Online: Click on this link
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 public library
- Any entity authorized by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission to issue permits for fishing, hunting or trapping.
By mail/ in writing: Download a form (Spanish) and send it completed to your local board supervisor.
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.
Who can vote vote-by-mail: A voter does not have to be absent from the county of residence or have an excuse in order to vote-by-mail except on Election Day.
OBTAINING A VOTE-BY-MAIL BALLOT
The deadline to request that a vote-by-mail ballot be mailed is no later than 5pm on the 6th day before the election.
Online: You may apply online through your county Supervisor of Elections website.
In person: You may request a vote-by-mail ballot by submitting an in-person request at your county Supervisor of Elections' office.
By mail, email, fax, and telephone: You may request a vote-by-mail ballot by submitting a mailed, faxed or emailed request to your county Supervisor of Elections' office.
Military and overseas voting: The FPCA (Online Assistant or PDF form) is made available through the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP). You may also call, mail, fax, or email your County Supervisor of Elections to request a voter registration application or a vote-by-mail ballot. MIlitary and Overseas Citizens Registering and vote-by-mail Voting website.
SUBMITTING A VOTE-BY-MAIL BALLOT
Location and time: Instructions for completing the vote-by-mail ballot are included with the ballot. The voted ballot must be returned and received by the Supervisor of Elections no later than 7pm on Election Day.
You can track the status of your vote-by-mail ballot request and the ballot through the online voter registration lookup link at: https://registration.elections.myflorida.com/CheckVoterStatus or through your Supervisor of Elections’ website.
Early voting qualifications: All voters may vote early with no further registration or qualifications.
All 67 Florida counties will be offering early voting beginning 10 days before an election and ending on the 3rd day before an election. In addition, each county Supervisor of Elections may, at his or her own discretion, offer additional days of early voting. Contact your county Supervisor of Elections for more information.
ID Requirements: According to Florida law, whether during early voting or on Election Day, voters will be asked to provide a current and valid photo ID at the polls. Any one of the following IDs will be accepted:
- 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
- Public assistance identification
- Veteran health identification card issued by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs
- License to carry a concealed weapon or firearm issued pursuant to s. 790.06 F.S.
- Employee identification card issued by any branch, department, agency, or entity of the Federal Government, the state, a county, or a municipality.
If your photo ID does not include your signature, you will be asked to provide another ID that has your signature. If you do not bring a proper ID, you can still vote a provisional ballot. As long as you are eligible and voted in the proper precinct, your provisional ballot will count provided the signature on your provisional ballot matches the signature in your registration record.
Once filed, with few exceptions, all voter registration information is public record including your name, address, date of birth, party affiliation, phone number and email address. For more information, click here.
Deciding how to vote: https://votesmart.org/
Polling Place: Polling Place Locator. Polling places are also found by contacting your local County Supervisor of Elections
Florida voting systems and voting procedures.
Problems with voting: Florida HAVA Complaint Form (Spanish) or report any election fraud you are aware of.