FLORIDA ELECTION INFORMATION

Upcoming Elections in Your State

2018 General Election: November 6, 2018

Voter Registration Deadline: October 9, 2018

http://dos.myflorida.com/elections/

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Election Day:

The polls open at 7:00 a.m. on Election Day, November 6, 2018, and shall be kept open until 7:00 p.m. Any voter who is in line at the time of the official closing of the polls shall be allowed to cast a vote in the election.

Florida does have early voting, which is described in detail below.

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How to Find Your Polling Place:

Use https://registration.elections.myflorida.com/CheckVoterStatus or call 866-OUR-VOTE.

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Registration Deadlines:

You must register at least 29 days before the election. For the 2018 general election this deadline was October 9, 2018. Florida does not have same-day registration.

How to Check Your Registration: Use https://registration.elections.myflorida.com/CheckVoterStatus or call 1-866-OUR-VOTE.

Registration Eligibility:

A person may become a registered voter only if that person:

  1. Is at least 18 years of age;
  2. Is a citizen of the United States;
  3. Is a legal resident of the State of Florida;
  4. Is a legal resident of the county in which that person seeks to be registered; and
  5. Registered pursuant to the Florida Election Code.

How to Register:

Florida voters can apply to register to vote in any of the following ways:

In Person

  • Request or pick-up a Florida Voter Registration Application from their County Supervisor of Elections. Complete, sign and mail the application to the office of their County Supervisor of Elections.
  • Apply through any Florida driver’s license office or tax collector’s office that issues driver’s licenses or Florida identification cards.
  • Apply through any “voter registration agency.” These agencies include:
    • 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, Marines); or
    • Any public library.

By Mail

  • Fill in the online Voter Registration Application (English PDF / Español PDF) on the Division of Elections’ website. Print, sign, and mail the application to the office of your County Supervisor of Elections.
  • Obtain a Florida Voter Registration Application form from any county Supervisor of Elections, local library, or entity authorized by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission to issue permits for fishing, hunting or trapping. Complete, sign, and mail the application to your County Supervisor of Elections.

Online

Voters with Florida ID may register or update their registration online at https://registertovoteflorida.gov/en/Registration/Index.

For more information:  http://dos.myflorida.com/elections/for-voters/voter-registration/register-to-vote-or-update-your-information/

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If You Want to Vote Early

Registered voters may go in person to an early voting site and vote ahead of election day. Early voting is mandatory from October 27 to November 3, 2018, and must be provided for no less than 8 hours and no more than 12 hours per day at each site. Supervisors of Elections may offer additional early voting days.

In addition, pursuant to Executive Order No. 18-283, Supervisors of Elections in certain counties affected by Hurricane Michael have been authorized to conduct early voting starting on the 15th day before the general election (October 22, 2018) and extending to the day of the general election.

Check your Supervisor of Elections website for the early voting locations and hours in your county—note that these may change for each election.

Voters who want to vote early should present the following at the early voting site:

  • A valid photo identification; and
  • A signature identification.

Voters can vote at any early voting site within the county when the site is open.

If You Want to Vote Absentee aka By Mail

As of July 1, 2016, the term “Absentee Ballot” has changed to “Vote-by-Mail Ballot.”

A request for a vote-by-mail ballot may be made in one of the following ways:

  • Online application on your County Supervisors of Elections’ website;
  • In writing (e.g., by email, fax, mail) to the county Supervisor of Elections;
  • In person at Supervisor of Elections; or
  • By telephone call to Supervisor of Elections.

If you are making the request, the following information is required:

  • The name of the voter for whom the ballot is being requested;
  • The voter’s address;
  • The voter’s date of birth; and
  • The voter’s signature (if the request is written).

If an immediate family member or legal guardian is requesting a vote-by-mail ballot for you, the following additional information must be provided:

  • The requestor’s address;
  • The requestor’s driver’s license number (if available);
  • The requestor’s relationship to the voter; and
  • The requestor’s signature (if the request is written).

The deadline to request that a vote-by-mail ballot be mailed is no later than 5 p.m. on the 6th day before the election. Otherwise, a vote-by-mail ballot can be picked-up until and including on Election Day.

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 7 p.m. on Election Day. Other return options are available for Military and Overseas Voters.

Generally, if a domestic Florida voter requests a vote-by-mail ballot be mailed to an address other than the address on their voter registration, they can do so only in writing, with their signature. However, in counties affected by Hurricane Michael and which are covered by Executive Order No. 18-283, Supervisors of Elections have been authorized to accept such requests by mail or telephonically.

In counties impacted by Hurricane Michael and which are covered by Executive Order No. 18-283, Supervisors of Elections have also been authorized to deliver vote-by-mail ballots to immediate family members on Election Day without requiring an affidavit by the voter affirming facts constituting an emergency.

For more information visit http://dos.myflorida.com/elections/for-voters/voting/vote-by-mail/.

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Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

To vote a regular ballot, the Florida clerk or inspector requires each elector, upon entering the polling place, to present one of the following current and valid picture identifications:

  • Florida driver 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;
  • A license to carry a concealed weapon or firearm; or
  • Employee identification card issued by any branch, department, agency, or entity of the Federal Government, the state, a county, or a municipality.

Note: If the picture identification does not contain the signature of the voter, an additional identification that provides the voter’s signature shall be required.

If the voter fails to furnish the required identification, the voter shall be allowed to vote a provisional ballot.

VoteRiders has created Florida voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

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Moving within the Same County

The voter may cast a regular ballot at their NEW polling place after completing an address change verification form. This may be done at the NEW polling place.

Moving Between Counties

If the voter’s NEW county uses an electronic poll book, or if the voter is an active uniformed services voter (or member of a service-member’s family), the voter may cast a regular ballot at their NEW polling place after completing an address change verification at the NEW polling place. In all other circumstances, the voter must vote a provisional ballot at the correct precinct in their NEW county.  A voter should NOT be directed to the polling place for their previous residence address.

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Registering and Requesting a Vote-by-Mail Ballot

Military or overseas voters may register to vote and request a vote-by-mail ballot at the same time by using a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). (https://www.fvap.gov/uploads/FVAP/Forms/fpca2013.pdf). Military or overseas voters may obtain the FPCA from any Voting Assistance Officer or from the Federal Voting Assistance Program website. (https://www.fvap.gov/)

Military or overseas voters may also call or request by mail, fax, or email to their county Supervisor of Elections that a voter registration application or a vote-by-mail ballot be sent to them. Unless the Military or overseas voter designates otherwise, his or her request for vote-by-mail ballot is valid for all elections through the end of the calendar year for the second ensuing regularly scheduled general election.

Supervisors of Elections must mail vote-by-mail ballots to military and overseas citizens no later than 45 days before each election. Military or overseas voters may track their vote-by-mail ballot request and ballot online by using either the Division of Elections’ Check your Voter Status webpage (http://registration.elections.myflorida.com/CheckVoterStatus) or through their County Supervisor of Elections website. (http://dos.elections.myflorida.com/supervisors/)

Vote-by-mail ballots cast by uniformed and overseas voters during a general election must be postmarked or dated no later than Election Day and received by the Supervisor of Elections no later than 10 days after Election Day.

Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot

If you are an absent stateside or overseas uniformed services personnel or spouse or dependent absent because of the uniformed services personnel or an overseas U.S. citizen, you can use the emergency back-up ballot known as the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB).  It can be used to vote in any election for federal office and any state or local election. FWAB ballots and directions can be found at https://www.fvap.gov/uploads/FVAP/Forms/fwab2013.pdf.

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A person who was convicted of a felony cannot register or vote in Florida unless they have had their right to vote restored. The voter may check to see if their civil rights have been restored on the website of the Office of Executive Clemency: https://fpcweb.fcor.state.fl.us/.

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For more information for voters with disabilities, find a National Disability Rights Network partner in your area.

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