General Voting Information
A General Election is held in November of every even-numbered year. The Primary Election for nominating party nominees for the General Election is 12 weeks before the General Election. Additionally, a Presidential Preference Primary is held no earlier than the first Tuesday in January and no later than the first Tuesday in March of Presidential Election years. Special elections may be called at any time during the year. The election dates for 2014 are:
|Primary Election........||August 26, 2014|
|General Election........||November 4, 2014|
Voter Registration Book Closing DatesBack
You can register to vote at any time. However, to vote in an upcoming election, you must be registered by the deadline to register which is 29 days before the election. The registration deadlines for the 2014 election cycle are:
|Primary Election........||July 28, 2014|
|General Election........||October 6, 2014|
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 election for that office. In addition, all registered voters, regardless of party affiliation, can vote on issues and nonpartisan candidates in a primary election.
How to Make Name, Address and Party Affiliation ChangesBack
When an elector changes his or her name by marriage or other legal process, the elector shall notify his or her Supervisor of Elections or other voter registration official by using a signed written notice that contains the elector's date of birth or voter's registration number.
When an elector changes his or her residence address, the elector must notify his or her Supervisor of Elections.
An address change must be submitted using a Florida Voter Registration Application. However, if the address change is within the state and notice is provided to the supervisor of elections of the county where the elector has moved, the elector may do so by:
Contacting the supervisor of elections via telephone or electronic means; or submitting the change on a voter registration application or other signed written notice. The elector must provide his or her date of birth.
Party Affiliation Changes
When an elector seeks to change his or her party affiliation they shall notify his or her supervisor of elections or other, voter registration official by using a signed voter registration application or written notice that contains the elector's date of birth or voter registration number. All party changes for a primary election must be made by the registration deadline which is 29 days before the primary election. For a general election, a party change can be made at any time.
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. The request can cover all elections through the end of the calendar year for the second ensuing regularly scheduled general election. A request for an absentee ballot to be mailed must be made no later than 5 p.m. on the 6th day before an election. Contact your Supervisor of Elections to request an absentee ballot. Refer to the Division of Elections’ webpage on Absentee Voting for more details.
Voters may vote in person by casting a ballot prior to Election Day. The voter will use the same type of voting equipment that is used at the polls on Election Day. 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 will be offered in the main or branch office of the Supervisor of Elections. They 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 Supervisor of Elections for dates, times and locations in your county. Refer to the Division of Elections’ webpage on Early Voting for more details.
Voting at the PollsBack
Aside from the early voting period in your county, the polls are open on Election Day, from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.
If you do not know where your polling place is, contact your Supervisor of Elections. You can also find your precinct and polling place on your county Supervisor of Elections' website.
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.
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.