Registration Deadline: You must be registered for at least 29 days before you can vote in an election.
Party Affiliation: Florida is a closed primary state. If you wish to vote in a partisan primary election, you must be a registered voter in the party for which the primary is being held. However, if all candidates for an office have the same party affiliation and the winner will not have opposition in the general election, all voters, regardless of party affiliation may vote in the primary for that office. In addition all registered voters, regardless of party affiliation, can vote on issues and nonpartisan candidates in a primary election.
VOTER REGISTRATION QUALIFICATIONS
Age: Be 18 years old by the next election (you may preregister if you are 16 years old, as long as you will be 18 by the election)
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 had your voting rights restored.
Felony Convictions: Most people with felony convictions have their right to vote restored upon completion of sentence and payment of restitution. People with certain felony convictions, mostly violent crimes or sexual offenses, must individually apply for restoration of rights or complete a fifteen-year waiting period.
ID Requirements: New applicants require one of the following:
-A current and valid Florida driver's license number;
-A current 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 copy 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)
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:
-Florida driver's license office
-Tax collector's office that issues driver's licenses of Florida identification cards
-Any office that provides public assistance (e.g. Department of Children and Families Food Assistance Program and the Temporary Cash Assistance Program and Department of Health's WIC Program)
-Any office that primarily serves persons with disabilities (e.g. Department of Education's Division of Blind Services and Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, any center for independent living, any office within an educational institute that serves persons with disabilities);
-Any military recruitment office (Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy)
- Any public library;
-Obtain a Florida Voter Registration Application form from 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 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 Bureau of Voter Registration Services’ Voter Assistance Hotline (in English and Español) at toll-free 1-866-308-6739.
ABSENTEE BALLOT QUALIFICATIONS
Who can vote absentee: Florida law allows all qualified voters to request an absentee ballot from the Supervisor of Elections. A member of the voter’s immediate family or legal guardian may also request an absentee ballot for a voter, if directly instructed to do so by the voter.
Other absentee voter qualifications: The request can cover all elections through the next two regularly scheduled general elections.
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: For military voters (and their spouses and dependent children) absent from their county of residence or overseas civilians only, you may specify how you want your absentee ballot to be delivered to you; by mail, e-mail, or fax. If it is not specified the absentee ballot will be mailed.
Emergency Voting: There is a late registration deadline if you (or accompanying family member) have been discharged or separated from the Merchant Marines or armed forces, or from employment outside the territorial United States. You can still register up until 5 p.m. on the Friday before election in the Supervisor of Elections’ office. Contact your Supervisor of Elections for more information and to obtain the form you have to complete.
Other absentee ballot information: In order to receive an absentee ballot by mail the request must be received by the Supervisor of Elections no later than 5 p.m. on the 6th day before an election. Otherwise, you can obtain an absentee ballot in person up until and including Election Day. However, it must still be returned by no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day if the voted ballot is to count.
SUBMITTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
Location and time: The supervisor of elections must send out absentee ballots between the 35th and 28th day before an election. An absentee ballot must be received by the county supervisor of elections of the county of registration no later than 7pm on election day. If you received your absentee ballot and wish to vote on Election Day. Your absentee ballot will be voided and will be allowed to vote a regular ballot at the polls.
Early voting qualifications: All voters may vote early with no further registration or qualifications.
Other information for early voting: Early voting begins 10 days before an election and ends on the 3rd day before any election in which there is a state or federal office race. Early voting may be held for a maximum of 12 hours, but no less than 6 hours, a day. The hours for each day for each early voting site during that period are set at the Supervisor’s discretion. Supervisors of Elections designate early voting sites 30 days prior to an election. Early voting is held in the main or branch office of the Supervisor of Elections. Supervisors may also designate any city hall or public library geographically located so that all voters in the county will have an equal opportunity to cast a vote. Contact your board supervisor for specific dates and locations.
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 Finder. Polling places are also found by contacting your local County Supervisor of Elections
Approved forms of picture identification are:
- 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 provisional ballot status: If your ballot is provisional, you will be given a Notice of Rights which will include instructions on how to find out if your provisional ballot was counted, and if not, the reason(s) why will be contained in your notice of rights handed to you at the time that you vote a provisional ballot. Information as to whether your provisional ballot was counted or not must be made available no later than 30 days following the election. You have the right to present further evidence of your eligibility if you want up to two days after the election.
Verifying absentee ballot status: You can access your absentee ballot status indirectly through the portal on the Division of Elections Voter Information Lookup or track your absentee ballot request online.