Florida | Voting Guide
Registration Deadlines and Election Dates
Voter Registration Deadline: 29 days before Election Day
Several jurisdictions will have local elections throughout 2023. To see if your city, town, or county have elections scheduled, visit: https://dos.elections.myflorida.com/calendar/. Please contact your County Supervisor of Elections for registration deadlines.
Official Election Websites
Register at School or Home
Students have a decision about where to register to vote.
You have a right to register to vote at the address you consider the place where you live, whether that is your family's home or the place where you attend school. You should update your registration anytime this home address changes.
You may only be registered and vote in one location.
What Type of ID Do I Need to Register?
Florida’s voter registration form asks for your Florida driver’s license or ID number, or 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.
What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?
Florida requires voters to present photo ID with a signature in order to vote a regular ballot on Election Day and during early voting. Acceptable photo IDs are:
Florida driver’s license or ID card issued by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
Debit or credit card
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 Do I Vote?
Make a plan. Look up your voting site and hours at:
How Can I Vote?
Any registered voter may vote by mail in Florida without an excuse.
You can request a mail ballot from your County Supervisor of Elections in person; by phone; or using a signed writing like a letter sent by mail or attached to an email or a fax. Downloadable request forms are also available on your County Supervisor of Elections office’s website, and some counties offer the option to submit a request online. If you need your ballot sent to an address other than the one associated with your registration, you must submit your request using a signed writing or application form. Requests should including the following information:
· Your name;
· Your date of birth;
· The address to which you would like the ballot sent;
· Your Florida-issued driver’s license or ID card number or the last four digits of your Social Security number; and
· Your signature, if you are submitting a written request.
A request for a vote-by-mail ballot to be mailed to you must be received by the supervisor no later than 5 p.m. on the 10th day before the election.
Vote-by-mail ballots can also be picked up in person until – and including on – Election Day. To pick up a ballot on Election Day, you must fill out a formaffirming that an emergency exists that prevents you from voting at your 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 or other staffed, designated, authorized locations. Please contact your supervisor of elections for 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. For more information about early voting, visit: https://dos.myflorida.com/elections/for-voters/voting/early-voting-and-drop-boxes/.
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.
Registering to Vote Does Not Affect Your:
Federal Financial Aid
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
Status as a Dependent on Your Parents’ Taxes
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
Will registering to vote in Florida affect my driver’s license or car registration?
Florida considers anyone who registers to vote in the state to be a resident, which requires you to obtain a Florida driver’s license if you drive in the state and to register any car that you drive in Florida.
Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein to be used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed Florida legal professional.
Last updated January 2023