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To be eligible to vote, 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, or, if you were adjudicated mentally incapacitated, you have had your rights restored by a court.
  • Not convicted of a felony (and not had your civil rights restored)

Incarcerated Voters & Returning Citizens:  

A person who has been convicted of a felony is not eligible to vote in Florida unless they have had their right to vote restored after completing their entire sentence. This includes incarceration, parole and/or probation, and payment of all fines, fees, costs, and restitution. Once their right to vote has been restored, they can register to vote. Note: This does not apply to those convicted of murder or a sexual offense. Pretrial detention and misdemeanors do not restrict your voting rights. 

For assistance reviewing a person's criminal records to determine what steps need to be taken for that person to vote, please call 407-710-5496 or email canivote@lwvfl.org. The LWVFL can refer you to a pro bono lawyer who may be able to help you.

Voters without traditional residence: 

It is not mandatory for citizens to possess a "permanent home" for voter registration. A citizen can provide an alternative description of their residence, even if they are experiencing homelessness, as long as it enables the authorities to identify and assign a voting precinct to them. This precinct assignment ensures that the voter receives the appropriate ballot. The mailing address on their registration form can be a P.O. box, local shelter, advocacy organization, outreach center, or the home of someone who will accept mail for them. 

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