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FLORIDA

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General Election
Registration Deadline: October 11, 2016

Election Day: November 8, 2016

Polling Place Hours: 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Click Here for FL Voter Registration Form

Click Here to Find Your Polling Place and Check Your Voter Status

Click Here for FL Voter-by-Mail Information

Click Here for Information on Early Voting

Whether during early voting or on Election Day, you will be asked to provide at the polls a valid photo ID with signature. Any one of the following photo 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

  • 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 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.

To be eligible to register you must…

  • Be a U.S. Citizen

  • Be 18 years old on or before the date of the general, primary or other election in which you want to vote

  • Not be serving a jail sentence or be on parole for a felony conviction (Ex-felons can usually register to vote if they completed their term of probation or parole)

  • To be eligible to vote you must also be a resident of the state in which you are planning to register

  • Each state may have additional voter eligibility requirements. Learn about your state's specific requirements.

What is absentee voting?

If you cannot get to your poll site on Election Day, you may qualify to vote by absentee ballot. You can vote by absentee ballot if you are temporarily or permanently ill/disabled, a member of the armed forces, or if you are out of town on Election Day, depending on your state’s absentee ballot qualifications. Requirements vary per state, but generally you have to request an application by mail a number of days before Election Day.

Voter’s Bill of Rights

Some states have enumerated specific rights that voters in their state are entitled to. Know your rights as a voter!

What is the difference between a closed and open primary?

Closed Primary
Voter may only vote for candidate belonging to your registered party.

Open Primary
Voter may vote for candidate belonging to any party.

Semi-Closed Primary
Voters not affiliated with a party may vote in any party’s primary election.

Preferential Primary
Voter may rank the candidates in order of preference.

Top Two Primary
Voters may vote for candidate belonging to any party, and the two candidates who receive the most votes qualify for the General Election.

Ballot Equipment

After the controversies of the 2000 U.S. presidential election, the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) was signed into law in 2002. The purpose of HAVA is to replace lever-based and punch-card voting systems; establish election administration standards and create the Election Assistance Commission for assistance in administering Federal elections. Since HAVA, many states have upgraded their voting machines.

Learn more about your state's ballot equipment here.