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Election 2020

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“We do not have government by the majority.
We have government by the majority who participate.”

- Thomas Jefferson

Voter's Bill of Rights

All Florida voters have key rights and responsibilities related to voting as required by state law.

  1. Vote and have his or her vote accurately counted.
  2. Cast a vote if he or she is in line at the official closing of the polls in that county.
  3. Ask for and receive assistance in voting.
  4. Receive up to two replacement ballots if he or she makes a mistake prior to the ballot being cast.
  5. An explanation if his or her registration or identity is in question.
  6. If his or her registration or identity is in question, cast a provisional ballot.
  7. Written instructions to use when voting, and, upon request, oral instructions in voting from elections officers.
  8. Vote free from coercion or intimidation by elections officers or any other person.
  9. Vote on a voting system that is in working condition and that will allow votes to be accurately cast.

Voter Registration

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The deadline to register for an upcoming election in Florida is 29 days before that election. You can also update your registration record at any time. However, since Florida is a closed primary election state, a party change for a primary election must be made by the registration deadline for that election. If the deadline has passed, you can still submit an online application at any time and it will be processed for future elections.

To be eligible to register to vote you must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States of America;
  • Be a legal resident of Florida;
  • Be a legal resident of the county in which you seek to be registered;
  • Be at least 16 years old to preregister or at least 18 years old to register and vote;
  • Not be a person who has been adjudicated mentally incapacitated with respect to voting in Florida or any other state without having the right to vote restored; and,
  • Not be a person convicted of a felony without having your right to vote restored.

Early Voting

Early voting is when a person casts a ballot prior to Election Day at a location designated by the Supervisor of Elections and deposits the voted ballot into the tabulation voting system. The voting equipment used during early voting is the same as the equipment used on Election Day.

Early voting is required in any election that contains a state or federal office race. The early voting period must start 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.

See the Florida Department of State website for more information:

Vote By Mail

A vote-by-mail ballot refers to a ballot that you request and pick-up or have delivered to you without having to vote at the polls during early voting or on Election Day. A voter must first be registered to vote before he or she can request a vote-by-mail ballot. Unless otherwise specified, a request to receive a vote-by-mail ballot covers all elections through the end of the calendar year for the second ensuing regularly scheduled general election. If a vote-by-mail ballot is returned undeliverable, it will cancel a request for future elections and must be renewed.

The deadline to request that a vote-by-mail ballot be mailed is no later than 5 p.m. on the 10th day before the election. A Supervisor of Elections must mail the ballot out within 2 business days after a request and the last day for a Supervisor to be able to mail out a ballot is 8 days before the election.

A returned voted ballot must be received by the Supervisor of Elections' office no later than 7:00 pm (local time) on Election Day. The U.S. Postal Service recommends that domestic nonmilitary voters mail back their voted ballots at least one (1) week before the Election Day deadline to account for any unforeseen events or weather issues.

See the Florida Department of State website for more information:

If you vote by mail in Florida, you can track the status of your ballot here:   

Not a Florida Resident?

If your state of residence or permanent address is not in Florida, use Rock The Vote (non-partisan non-profit) to see the voting regulations for your state.

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