Voting Guide

Voter Registration Deadline: 29 days before Election Day


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.

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 a regular ballot. 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.

Make a plan. Look up your voting site and hours at: https://registration.elections.myflorida.com/CheckVoterStatus

By Mail

  • Any registered voter may vote by mail in Florida without an excuse

  • To request a vote-by-mail ballot, you must provide your Florida driver's license number, Florida identification card number, or the last four digitis of your Social Security number

  • 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. Contact your County Supervisor of Elections to request a vote-by-mail ballot,

  • 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 staffed, designated, authorized locations. Drop boxes that were available in 2020 may not be available any longer. You can check for locations at your County Supervisor of Elections before you go.

  • 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.

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

Tuition Status

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 is used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed North Carolina legal professional.
Last updated March 2019