FLORIDA

VOTING GUIDE

Including Student Information

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+ Registration Deadlines and Election Dates

  • Voter Registration Deadline: 29 days before Election Day
  • Primary Registration Deadline: July 30, 2018
  • Primary Election: August 28, 2018
  • General Election Registration Deadline: October 9, 2018
  • General Election: November 6, 2018

+ Official Election Websites

+ Register at School or Home

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.

+ 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. The last four digits of your Social Security Number are required if you do not have a Florida ID number or if submitting the registration online.

+ What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?

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 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 matches the signature on your registration form.

+ Where Do I Vote?

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

 

Note: Several counties severely affected by Hurricane Michael are making changes to their voting locations for the November 6 Election. Visit your Supervisor of Elections website or contact their office for up-to-date information on voting locations and early voting times.  Supervisor of Elections information here https://dos.elections.myflorida.com/supervisors

+ How Can I Vote?

By Mail

  • Any registered voter may vote by mail in Florida without an excuse
  • The deadline to request a vote-by-mail ballot be mailed to you is no later than 5 p.m. on the 6th 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.
  • Completed vote-by-mail ballots must be returned and 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 an election and end on the 3rd day before the election. 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 will be allowed to vote.

+ Common Questions/Concerns

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 Florida legal professional.

Last updated June 2018