There are two ways to vote in person: Early Voting at an Early Voting site and on Election Day at a precinct.
Early Voting takes place at the locations designated by your local Supervisor of Elections. You will vote on the same type of voting equipment used on Election Day. Sites included for selection include the main office and branch offices of the Supervisor of Elections, city hall, permanent public library facility, fairground, civic center, courthouse, county commission building, stadium, convention center, government-owned senior center, or government-owned community center. The sites must be located so that they are as convenient as possible to all voters in the county.
In addition, a supervisor may designate one early voting site per election in an area of the county that does not have any of the eligible early voting locations. The additional early voting site must be geographically located so as to provide all voters in that area with an equal opportunity to cast a ballot.
During Early Voting, you can vote at any of the sites, unlike voting on Election Day when you can only vote at the exact polling place in your precinct. There are some advantages to using Early Voting instead of Election Day voting, as you get to choose which of the places on the list works best for you. The places chosen for early voting are, in general, designed to be quite accessible. The Early Voting Polling places may have more accessible parking places than some Election Day polling places. Also the Early Voting polling places are more likely to have accessible bathrooms than some of the polling places in use on Election Day. This is because some of the Election Day polling places may be in churches, which are not required to meet ADA accessibility standards for bathrooms.
In some counties, lines are shorter during Early Voting than on Election Day. If you call your Supervisor of Elections office in advance, staff will often be able to tell you where the shortest lines are, as well as the least busy times of the day. Also keep in mind the number of days and hours of Early Voting can vary per county and your Supervisor of Elections has this information.
At the Polls
Polling places are specific locations set up for voting. They can be in many different locations such as churches, libraries, schools, or other types of public buildings. Check the address listed on your voter information card, or with your Supervisor of Elections to find out the location designated as your polling place. It should also list the hours it will be open on Election Day. Typically, the polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day.
If you vote on Election Day, you must vote at your assigned polling place – the location where you are registered. If you call your Supervisor of Elections in advance, staff will often be able to tell you when the least busy times are during the day. Please keep in mind, if you vote at a church, the bathrooms are not required to be ADA accessible.
What to Bring
When you vote, bring a valid picture identification with signature. 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
If your photo identification does not contain your signature, you will be asked to provide an additional identification that includes a signature.
If you do not have proper identification, your vote will be registered at the polls as provisional and will only be counted if the signature on the provisional ballot envelope is found to match the signature on your voter registration application. Another option for people who do not have proper identification to show at the polls is to vote by mail on an Absentee Ballot.