FYD Voter Guide

Who Can Vote?

To be eligible to register to vote, you must meet the following criteria:

  • 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.

Important Deadlines

The deadline to register for an upcoming election 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, which means that you can only vote in primary elections if you are a registered member of that party. 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.

General Election Registration Deadline: October 5
Last Day to Request a Vote-By-Mail Ballot: October 24
General Election: November 3

How Can I Vote?

By Mail

  • Any registered voter may vote by mail in Florida without an excuse
  • A request for a vote-by-mail ballot must be received by the supervisor no later than 5 p.m. on the 10th day before the election. Contact your County Supervisor of Elections.
  • Vote-by-mail ballots can also be picked up in person until – and including – Election Day. To pick up a ballot on Election Day, a form must be filled out affirming that an emergency exists that keeps the voter from being able to vote at their assigned polling place.
  • Completed vote-by-mail ballots may be returned by mail, in person to the voter’s supervisor of elections, or at an authorized secure drop box available at any office of the supervisor in your county and at each early voting location, or other designated authorized locations.
  • Completed ballots must be received by the Supervisor of Elections no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day.

Early In-Person

  • Any registered voter may vote early in person without an excuse.
  • Early voting must begin on the 10th day before Election Day and end on the 3rd day before Election Day.
  • Each county may open and close their early voting polling locations at different times, for a minimum of 8 hours per day. Counties may also offer additional early voting dates.
  • Early voting locations and times will be posted before each election or contact your County Supervisor of Elections.

Election Day

  • Voting sites will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day. If you are in line by the closing time, then you have a right to vote.

Protecting Your Vote

If you are concerned your rights as a voter are being threatened or witness something that seems suspicious, call the 24/7 Voter Protection Hotline at (833) VOTE-FLA or (833) 868-3352. Representative are available to answer questions from voters and prospective electors from all 67 counties in English, Spanish, or Haitian Creole.

Frequently Asked Questions

Students have a choice about where to register to vote. Students attending college may register at their campus address or choose to remain registered or register at their permanent or home address. You may only be registered and vote in one location.

Florida’s voter registration form asks for your Florida driver’s license or ID number, or if you don’t have one, the last four digits of your Social Security number. Be sure to provide one of these numbers if you have it. To register to vote online, you’ll need your Florida’s driver’s license or ID number and issued date, and the last four digits of your Social Security Number.

Florida requires photo ID with signature to vote. Acceptable photo IDs are:

  • Student ID
  • Florida driver’s license or ID card issued by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
  • U.S. passport
  • Debit or credit card
  • Military ID
  • Retirement center ID
  • Neighborhood association ID
  • Public assistance ID
  • Veteran Health ID issued by the VA
  • Concealed weapons license
  • Employee ID issued by the Federal Government, the state, a county, or municipality

If your photo ID lacks a signature, bring another ID with a signature such as a credit or debit card. Your additional signature ID does not have to have a photo. If you lack proper ID, you can vote a provisional ballot which will be counted if you are an eligible voter, voted in the proper precinct, and your signature on the provisional ballot affidavit matches the signature on your registration form.

Where you register to vote will not affect federal financial aid such as Pell Grants, Perkins or Stafford loans, or your dependency status for FAFSA

Being registered to vote at a different address from your parents does not prevent them from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes

Being deemed out-of-state for tuition purposes does not prevent you from choosing to register to vote in your campus community

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