Voter Hotline: 1-800-342-0823 ext. 6000

Voting FAQs

How do I register to vote?

In order to register to vote, you must fill out, sign, and submit the voter registration application. You can register to vote by mail or in person.

 

Is there a way to check my voter status?

Yes, you can check your voter status at this Division of Elections website.

 

What are valid forms of identification?

The following photo identification is accepted:

  • Florida driver’s license
  • Florida identification card issued by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
  • United States passport
  • Debit or credit card
  • Military identification
  • Student identification
  • Retirement center identification
  • Neighborhood association identification
  • Public assistance identification
  • Veteran Health Identification card issued by U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Concealed weapon permit issued in Florida
  • Employee identification card issued by any branch, department, agency of entity of the Federal Government, the state, a county, or a municipality

 

Can someone help me vote?

Florida law allows you, as a registered voter, to have assistance marking your choices on your ballot or absentee ballot if you need assistance because of blindness, disability, or inability to read or write.

You may request assistance from election officials or select someone to assist you. You may choose whomever you want to assist you, except someone who is your employer or an agent of your employer or an officer or agency of your union.

 

How can I get a ride to the polls?

Please call your county Supervisor of Elections for their recommendations. If these do not work, please try family and friends. You should plan your transportation at least a week in advance.

If you cannot arrange transportation, call your Supervisor of Elections for an absentee ballot. The deadline to request a mailed absentee ballot is no later than 5 p.m. on the sixth day before the election. Otherwise, an absentee ballot can be picked-up until and including Election Day.

 

Who can I contact for voting assistance?

For voting questions or accessibility concerns, please contact the Disability Rights Florida Voting Hotline: 1-800-342-0823, extension 6000.

 

What are the registration deadlines?

The deadline to register for an upcoming election is 29 days before the election. Below are the registration deadlines for each election.

Primary Election: August 1, 2016

General Election: October 11, 2016

 

What if I never received my voter registration card?

If you do not receive your card within three (3) weeks of turning in your application, please call your county Supervisor of Elections.

 

What should I bring to the polls on Election Day?

When you vote, bring a valid picture identification showing your signature.

If you do not have proper identification, your vote will be registered at the polls as provisional. It will only be counted if the signature on the provisional ballot envelope is found to match the signature on your voter registration application.

 

Can I vote by mail?

Everyone who has the right to vote is permitted to vote by mail. Obtain your absentee ballot from your local Supervisor of Elections.

Deciding to vote by mail or at your polling place.

One advantage of a vote-by-mail ballot is you control your election experience. If you vote at home, you do not have to deal with having transportation to a polling site or waiting in lines.

A down side of voting from home is you do not have the community experience of voting in the company of others. Also, some people with disabilities feel it is very important to vote in person at the polls in order to continually emphasize the need for having accessible polling places and equipment.

 

What are the different ways I can vote?

  • Vote-by-Mail
  • During Early Voting
  • On Election Day

 

What types of accessible voting machines are used in Florida?

  • Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) Systems
  • Ballot Marking Devices and Systems

To learn more about each system and which machine your county uses, visit the Voting Equipment page.

 

What are the election dates?

Primary Election – August 30, 2016

General Election – November 8, 2016

 

How can I report an accessibility issue?

If your polling place is not accessible, you have complaints about access to voting, or you believe your rights have been violated, please contact your local Supervisor of Elections. If your Supervisor of Elections cannot or will not address your issue in a timely fashion, you may file a complaint by contacting any of the following:

Disability Rights Florida

800-342-0823, extension 6000

2473 Care Drive, Suite 200
Tallahassee, Florida 32308

Election Protection Hotline

1-866-687-8683 – English
1-888-839-8682 – Spanish

Secretary of State, Division of Elections

Room 316
R.A. Gray Building
500 South Bronough Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0250