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Notice: Mail-in voting is a convenient and safe way to vote, but your ballot might not count if it’s submitted late or with errors. So follow the directions below on how to vote early or absentee and make your vote count in Florida.
Voting by mail is a two step process in Florida.
Step 1: Request your ballot NOW. The deadline for your application to be received is March 7th, the 12th day before the election, at 5 p.m.
Step 2: Complete and return your ballot ASAP.
Remember to sign your return ballot.
Once you get your ballot and fill it out, sign and date the return ballot envelope where indicated.
Be sure that your signature matches your signature on file with the state! If you registered online or at the DMV, check the signature on your license. If the signature does not match, your ballot could be tossed and will not count.
Can't remember what your voter registration signature looks like? In Florida, you have the opportunity to update your voter registration signature by filing a new voter registration form or contacting your county clerk and recorder’s office.
If you return your ballot by mail, you must add a stamp when mailing in your ballot.
You can also drop off your ballot in person at your local elections office, drop box, or early voting locations.
Any designated person can drop off a ballot for you.
If you would like to vote in person, return your unused absentee ballot to your polling site and request an in person ballot on Election Day. If you cannot bring the ballot to the polls for whatever reason, the Supervisor of Elections' office will need to confirm that the ballot has not already been returned and received.
Florida does offer voters a chance to address challenges to their ballot.
Your state has a cure period, which means you can “cure” a challenge to the signature on your ballot. If there is something wrong with the signature on your ballot, the state is required to contact you and give you options to remedy your ballot. Get your ballot in early so that you have a chance to address any issues by Aug. 25th.
You may get a call from number that you do not recognize with a notification that you need to cure your ballot. Be sure to pick up so you don’t miss your chance to make sure your vote is counted.
Florida voters are required to show ID at the polls. Florida accepts unexpired identifications with photo and signature. If your photo ID does not contain a signature, you will be asked to provide an additional identification that includes a signature. Valid forms of identification include;
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Your state automatically registers people to vote at the address on their drivers license or other state issued ID card. If you have moved but have not updated your ID with your new address, changed your name or want to add a political party selection, you must update your voter registration. Click here to check to see if you are registered to vote, and update your registration if needed.
You can register to vote and cast your ballot on Election Day at your polling place or local elections office. Bring a valid ID and proof of residence with you.
You can return your mail-in ballot to your early voting site.
All Florida counties will hold early voting for at least 8 days by state law. Locally, your county Supervisor of Elections may decide to add additional early voting dates. Your early voting sites, dates, and hours can be found here.
Some states have laws that specifically allow citizens to preregister at a certain age while others allow registration as long as you’re 18 by the next election. Preregistration means you’ll be automatically registered to vote on your 18th birthday without taking any additional steps.
In Florida, you can preregister to vote if you are 16. Register to vote today!
Some states even let you vote in their primaries at 17 if you’ll be 18 by the general election so you can participate in the whole process!
You can not vote in the Florida primaries if you are 17 by the next election.