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Register to Vote in Florida

How to Register to Vote in Florida

This article describes how to register to vote in Florida in United States Elections. Florida offers online voter registration. You can register to vote by mail in Florida by printing a copy of the National Voter Registration Form, filling it out, and mailing it to your local election office. You can also register to vote in person if you prefer.

How to Register to Vote in Florida- In-person voter registration

Who can vote in Florida 

  • To register in Florida you mustbe a citizen of the United States
  • And a legal resident of both the State of Florida and of the county in which you seek to be registered
  • Must be 18 years old (you may pre-register if you are at least 16)
  • Not be adjudicated mentally incapacitated with respect to voting in Florida or any other State, or if you have, you must first have your voting rights restored
  • Or not be a convicted felon, or if you are, you must first have your civil rights restored if they were taken away
  • Swear or affirm the following: “I will protect and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Florida, that I am qualified to register as an elector under the Constitution and laws of the State of Florida, and that all information in this application is true.”

How to Register to Vote in Florida- Online voter registration

  • Florida offers online voter registration.
  • You should know: you need a Florida ID and a Social Security number to use Florida’s online voter registration system. The name and address on the ID must match your voter registration exactly, so you should plan to have your ID on hand. If you don’t have a Florida-issued ID, or don’t have your Florida-issued ID on hand, you can still register to vote by mail.
  • You can register online until Tuesday, October 9.

How to Register to Vote in Florida- By-mail voter registration

  1. Print and fill out the National Voter Registration Form.
  2. Box 6 – ID Number: If you have one, you must provide your Florida driver’s license number or Florida identification card number. If you do not have a Florida driver’s license or identification card, you must provide the last four digits of your Social Security number. If you have not been issued any of these numbers, you must write the word “NONE”.
  3. Box 7 – Choice of Party: Florida requires that you register with a party to participate in partisan primary elections. You should register with the party whose primary you would like to vote in.
  4. Box 8 – Race or Ethnic Group: You are requested, but not required, to fill in this box.
  5. Review the “Who can vote?” section above and check that you’re eligible.
  6. Sign the form.
  7. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Tuesday, October 9.

How to Register to Vote in Florida – Military and overseas voters

Active-duty military, their families, and voters living outside the US 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. When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.
  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.

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 6.
  • The deadline to register online is Tuesday, October 9. And, by mail is Tuesday, October 9.
  • The deadline to register to vote in person is Tuesday, October 9

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