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How to vote in Florida

Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Florida allows any voter to request a ballot by mail. You can also vote in person. Florida offers early voting.

Who can vote

You have to register to vote before Election Day in Florida. You can find the deadline to register to vote in the "Dates and deadlines" section.

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.
  • *find more information on voting rights restoration here

Vote in person

Vote on Election Day

Voters registered in Florida can look up where to vote on Florida's site.

Vote early

Florida voters can also vote before Election Day. The early voting period runs from Saturday, October 24, 2020 to Saturday, October 31, 2020, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live.

What to bring

  • You will be asked to show a valid photo ID with signature to vote in Florida. Acceptable forms include: Florida driver's license or ID card issued by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles; US passport; debit or credit card; military ID; student ID; retirement center ID; neighborhood association ID; public assistance ID; veteran health ID issued by the US Department of Veterans Affairs; license to carry a concealed weapon or firearm; or an employee ID card issued by the federal government, the state of Florida, or any county or municipality. If your photo ID does not include your signature, you will be asked to provide another ID that has your signature.
  • Voters without ID: If you are unable to provide ID, you will be able to vote a provisional ballot. Your ballot will count if the signature on your ballot matches the signature on your voter registration record.

Vote by mail

  1. Request your mail-in ballot with a mail ballot application.
  2. Fill out the application completely.
  3. Submit the request to your local election office. You should request your ballot as far in advance of the election as possible. The deadline to request a ballot by mail is (received by) Saturday, October 24, 2020.
  4. When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.

See what's on the ballot

Learn more about what will be on your ballot by visiting the Florida sample ballot or by visiting Ballotpedia.

Get step-by-step help

TurboVote can help you start the absentee/mail-in ballot request process, send you election reminders, and more. If you’d like more help planning how to vote, we can walk you through the process!

Election Day registration

Florida does not offer registration on Election Day.

Military and overseas voters

Active-duty military, their families, and overseas citizens can register to vote and request their absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). To do so:

  1. Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), or download a copy. Your election official may have questions, so please provide an email address or phone number where they can reach you.
  2. Send the application to your election official.
  3. It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible. You can look up recommended mailing dates by country and region.
  4. Please fill out and send back your ballot as soon as you receive it. Following are recommended return dates to make sure your ballot arrives at your election office on time:35 days before election - On a ship at sea: September 28, 202030 days before election - Outside of the US: October 2, 202011 days before the election - Stateside: October 23, 2020
  5. States begin mailing absentee ballots at least 45 days before Election Day. If you haven't received your ballot by 30 days before Election Day, contact your local election office.

If after submitting your FPCA, your ballot does not arrive, contact your election official first. Then:

  • You can still vote using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). Print, sign, and mail your FWAB to your local election office.
  • If you mail a FWAB and then receive your regular absentee ballot, you should complete and mail your absentee ballot also. Election officials will ensure that only one ballot is counted.

The Federal Voting Assistance Program – FVAP.gov offers additional information on military and overseas voting in Florida. You can also call 1-800-438-VOTE or email vote@fvap.gov

Check your voter registration status

You can look up your voter registration record and verify that your information is correct using Florida's voter registration lookup tool.

Dates and deadlines

  • Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
  • The deadline to register online to vote is Monday, October 5, 2020.
  • The deadline for registering by mail to vote is (postmarked by) Monday, October 5, 2020.
  • The deadline to register in person to vote is Monday, October 5, 2020.
  • The deadline to request a ballot by mail is (received by) Saturday, October 24, 2020.
  • The early voting period runs from Saturday, October 24, 2020 to Saturday, October 31, 2020, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live.

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

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