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Abbreviation: 
FL

Florida Registration Deadline

You can apply to register to vote at any time. However, to vote in an election, you must be registered in the state by the book closing date, which is 29 days before each election. You may pre-register to vote if you are 17 years old or have received a valid Florida driver's license, whichever occurs earlier.

Florida Provisional Voting

Voters receive a provisional ballot if:

  • their registration cannot be verified at the polls
  • an absentee ballot has been issued but the voter fails to bring it to the polls
  • voter fails to provide proper ID
  • the polling hours are extended (these provisional ballots are segregated from all other provisional ballots).

Voters must cast their provisional ballot in the correct polling place in order for it to be counted.

Florida Absentee Voting

Vote-by-Mail (previously known as Absentee Voting) refers to voting a ballot you receive through the mail or picked up by a voter who is unable or unwilling to go to the polls to vote on ELection Day. You do not have to be absent from the county or have an excuse to vote-by-mail in any election.

Florida Voting Machines

The voting systems used in Florida are optical scan and DRE.

Florida ID Needed for Registration

You must provide your current and valid Florida driver's license number, an ID number or the last 4 digits of your Social Security number to register. If you have none of these numbers, you must write "NONE" on the voter registration form.

Florida Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to vote in Florida you must be:

  • A citizen of the United States
  • A resident of Florida
  • 18 years of age on or before the date of the next general election
  • Not adjudicated mentally incapacitated with respect to voting in Florida or any other state
  • Not convicted of a felony (and not had your civil rights restored)

Florida Overseas and Military Voters

You are a Military or Overseas voter if you are in uniformed services, living overseas OR a spouse or dependant of a uniformed services voter. To get registered and vote, you can utilize Overseas Vote Foundation.

If you have additional questions about elections and voting overseas you can use our state specific elections official directory or contact the Overseas Vote Foundation.

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Information on local, state and federal candidates and ballot measures may be available here.

To see a list of available races, visit the race index.

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To verify your voter registration status, please utilize your state resource.

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For information on federal campaign contributions, please visit Open Secrets.

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