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November 3 is voting day!

We’re less than a month away from the 2020 elections and want to make sure you are registered and have all of your questions answered before the big day!

Remember to stay motivated, stay informed, and most importantly, be ready to cast your votes on Tuesday, Nov. 3.

Registration deadlines

Online: Oct. 6 by 7:00 p.m.
By mail: Postmarked by Oct. 6
In-person: Oct. 6 by 7:00 p.m.

* Not sure if you’re registered to vote? You can look up your registration status here: https://registration.elections.myflorida.com/CheckVoterStatus

Absentee ballot deadlines
Request: Received by Oct. 24
Return by Mail: Received by Nov. 3 by 7:00 p.m.
Return in person: Nov. 3 by 7:00 p.m.

Early voting
Oct. 19 – Nov. 2, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live.

Who Can Vote?

To register in Florida, you must:

  • be a citizen of the United States of America (a lawful permanent resident, commonly referred to as a “green card holder,” does not have the right to register or vote in Florida);
  • be a Florida resident;
  • be at least 18 years old (you may pre-register to vote if you are 16 years old);
  • not be adjudicated mentally incapacitated with respect to voting in Florida or any other state without having the right to vote restored;
  • not have been convicted of a felony without your voting rights having been restored.
  • For more information, see the Florida Department of State’s website.

What times are the polls open on election day?

Polls are open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on election day. Any voter who is standing in line at 7 p.m. is still eligible to cast a vote.

What kind of identification do I need to bring to the polls?

When you go to the polling place to vote, you will be asked to provide a current and valid picture identification with a signature. Approved forms of picture identification are:

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; or an employee identification card issued by any branch, department, agency, or entity of the Federal Government, the state, a county, or a municipality (Section 101.043, F.S.). If the picture identification does not contain a signature, you will be asked to provide an additional identification with your signature.

Can I still vote if I do not bring identification?

Yes. You should not be turned away from the polls because you do not bring identification. If you do not have the proper identification, you will be allowed to vote a provisional ballot.

What’s on my ballot? 

Learn where candidates running for office in your community stand on the issues. Click here for more information.

Election contact information for Florida

Address:
Secretary of State
Florida Division of Elections, R.A. Gray Building, Room 316, 500 South Bronough Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250

Phone Number:
(850) 245-6200

Sources:

Florida Division of Elections

Vote 411

How to Vote

Katherine Viloria is Beasley Media Group's Fort Myers Digital Content Manager. She loves to write, snap photos, and watch Grey's Anatomy. Connect with her on Instagram @alittlethisalittlekat