Guide to Voting
1. Voter registration
Deadline to Register/update: October 5, 2020
Online Link to Application: https://registertovoteflorida.gov/home
2. Check Your registration
Why check your registration? Your address is where election officials send notices, application forms to receive your ballot in the mail, and more. Additionally, poll workers will check if the address on your voter registration matches the address on your ID at the polls.
Check Registration Here: https://registertovoteflorida.gov/home
- Is your name spelled correctly? (Correct hyphenations, middle initials, etc)
- Correct Address
- Active Voter Status (if not update by sending in another online/mail voter application)
- Correct Date of Birth
3. Order your mail ballot
Deadline to request absentee mail ballot: october 24, 2020
We recommend requesting your absentee mail ballot as soon as possible in order to ensure that you receive your ballot in time.
Request Mail-In Ballot From Your County’s Supervisor of Election’s Website OR contact your county’s Election Office: https://dos.elections.myflorida.com/supervisors/
Deadline to return absentee mail Ballot: Must be returned and received
no later than 7:00pm november 3, 2020
Vote-by-mail ballots may also be returned at secure drop boxes at Supervisor of Elections’ main and branch offices and early voting sites. Please contact the county Supervisor of Elections or visit their website for the location of all vote-by-mail ballot secure drop boxes in your county.
Surrendering Your Absentee Ballot:
Florida has the Surrender Rule. If a voter is registered as an absentee voter, but decides to go to the polls to vote, the voter should bring the vote-by-mail ballot (marked or not). The vote-by-mail ballot will be canceled, and the voter can vote a regular ballot at the polls.
- If the voter comes to the polls without the vote-by-mail ballot, the voter can vote a regular ballot if the supervisor of elections’ office can confirm that it has not received the voter’s vote-by-mail ballot.
- If it is confirmed that the supervisor of elections office has already received the voted vote-by-mail ballot or it cannot be determined, the voter cannot vote a regular ballot at the polls. However, if a voter believes that he or she has not already voted, he or she shall be allowed to vote a provisional ballot.
4. Early voting information
- Early voting is available Oct 24, 2020 – Oct 31, 2020.
- The early voting period must start at least on the 10th day before the election and end on the 3rd day before the election. In addition, supervisors of elections have the option to offer more early voting on the 15th, 14th, 13th, 12th, 11th, or 2nd day before an election.
- Supervisors of Elections must designate early voting sites no later than 30 days prior to an election.
- Early voting hours must be at least eight hours but no more than 12 hours per day each site during the applicable period.
- The Supervisor of Elections may provide early voting for elections that are not held in conjunction with a state or federal election. However, the supervisor has the option to determine the early voting hours for those site(s).
- Florida’s Department of State provides a list of early voting locations and hours on the Department of Elections website: https://dos.myflorida.com/elections/for-voters/voting/early-voting/
- Voters who want to vote early should present a valid identification with a photo and signature.
For more information regarding federal, state and local elections contact your state election official online: https://dos.myflorida.com or call Florida Secretary of State, Laurel M. Lee 850.245.6500.
5. Be a poll worker
- Become a poll worker! Election offices are expecting shortages in poll workers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Poll workers must be 17 years old or over, and a registered voter (if over 18) in their county
- Either contact your local Election Office Directly or look on your county’s website to apply: https://dos.elections.myflorida.com/supervisors/