GENERAL FAQS

When is the next election?

How can I make an update (party, name, address, etc) to my voter card?

I was registered in a previous state, do I have to re-register in Florida?

Do I have to pick a party when I register?

Can I call your office to update my voter card?

How do I look up my voter record?

What is Amendment 4?

What is a Closed Primary?

How do I cancel my voter registration?

What is a Third-Party Voter Registration Organization?


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VOTING FAQS

What voting equipment is used?

Does it matter how I insert my ballot in the scanner?

Do I have to vote in all the races?

What if I vote for too many candidates in a race?

What if I do not vote in ANY races?

What if I make a mistake on my ballot?

Can I change my ballot once it has been cast?

Can I write in a candidate?

If I receive a Vote-by-Mail ballot, can I change my mind and vote in person?

What happens if the power goes out or there are technical problems at a voting site?

What happens to my ballot after I've voted?

How do I know that my ballot will be counted?

What checks and balances ensure an accurate vote count?

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GENERAL FAQS ANSWERS


When is the next election?

The next election is the Presidential Preference Primary Election and Uniform Municipal Elections on March 17th, 2020. Voters must be registered and have selected their party preference by February 18, 2020, to be eligible to vote for specific candidates in these elections. 

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How can I update my name, party, or address on my voter card?

It's easy, visit our Update Voter Information Page for the details.

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I was registered in a previous state, do I have to re-register in Florida?

Yes! You must contact the Supervisor of Elections office from your previous state and asked to be removed as a voter. Then you may complete a Florida Voter Registration in the county you reside in.

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Do I have to pick a party when I register?

No, it is not necessary to pick a political party when you register. However, Florida is a Closed Primary State, which means that you must be registered with a political party to vote for a specific party's candidate in the Primary Election. You may change your party affiliation at any time, but it must be done 29 days before a Primary Election in order to be valid for that election. If you are registered with No Party Affiliation (NPA), you will still be eligible to vote and your ballot in the Primary Election will only include non-partisan issues and candidates.

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Can I call your office to update my voter card?

Yes, if you need to change your address you can contact one of our four offices or you can submit a change anytime online at RegisterToVoteFlorida.gov. All other changes cannot be made over the phone.  Please refer to our Update Voter Information Page for the details.

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How do I look up my voter record?

On the pbcelections.org website, select the My Status tab on the home page, or use www.registertovoteflorida.gov. Once there, click on the Am I already registered? button and follow the prompts.

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What is Amendment 4?

On January 8, 2019, the Voting Restoration Amendment (Amendment 4) went into effect, restoring the voting rights of Floridians with felony convictions after they complete all terms of their sentence. The amendment does not apply to those convicted of murder or sexual offenses. More information and resources can be found on our Amendment 4 FAQs page.

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What is a Closed Primary?

Florida is a Closed Primary election state. Closed Primary is a type of primary election in which a voter must affiliate formally with a political party 29 days prior to the Primary Election Day in order to participate in that party's primary. More information can be found in this PDF document, and on the Florida Division of Elections website.

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How do I cancel my voter registration?

You can visit any of our four offices in person, or mail us this form, or a letter with your Name, Date of Birth, Florida Address and a brief statement that you want to be removed from the Florida Voter Registration roll books, along with a hand-written signature.

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What is a Third-Party Voter Registration Organization?

A third-party voter registration organization is any person, entity, or organization that collects voter registration application that is not an employee or agent of the Division of Elections, Supervisor of Elections, Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, or an official voter registration agency. For more information about third-party voter registration organizations, please visit the Florida Division of Elections website

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VOTING FAQS ANSWERS


What voting equipment does Palm Beach County use?

We use DS200 precinct scanners, ExpressVote, and Electronic Voter Identification (EViD) units at all Early Voting and Election Day sites. High-speed, central count scanners are used to tabulate Vote-by-Mail ballots. All voting equipment produces a paper ballot.

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Does it matter how I insert my ballot in the scanner?

No. You can place either end into the scanner with either side up.

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Do I have to vote in all the races?

No. The DS200 precinct scanner will tally all properly marked races on the ballot. Voters are permitted to leave races intentionally blank if they choose. 

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What if I vote for too many candidates in a race (overvoted)?

If you're voting in person, the DS200 precinct ballot scanner will alert you that you have overvoted and allow you to request a new ballot or cast the ballot anyway. If you cast a ballot with an overvote, all races except the overvoted race will be counted.

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What if I do not vote in ANY races?

When voting in person, the DS200 precinct scanner will alert you that the ballot is blank. You can choose to cast the blank ballot or get assistance from a poll worker.

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What if I make a mistake on my ballot?

If a voter makes a mistake while marking their ballot, they are entitled to receive up to two additional ballots. However, a voter may only cast one ballot in any given election. 

Important: once a ballot has been inserted into the DS200 precinct scanner during Early Voting and on Election Day, the ballot has been cast and a replacement ballot will not be issued except by way of a provisional ballot. 

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Can I change my ballot once it has been cast?

No. Once your ballot has been scanned and accepted by the DS200 precinct scanner or your Vote-by-Mail ballot has been received by our office, your ballot cannot be retrieved or changed. You may only cast one ballot.

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Can I write in a candidate?

We can only count votes for qualified candidates (qualified candidates are those who have submitted qualifying paperwork before the election). In races with qualified write-in candidates, your ballot will include a blank space with an oval next to it. If you fill in the oval and write in the name of a qualified write-in candidate, that vote will be counted.

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If I receive a Vote-by-Mail ballot, can I change my mind and vote in person?

Yes. In that case, your Vote-by-Mail ballot will be canceled at the polling place.

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What happens if the power goes out or there are technical problems at a voting site?

We have backup equipment, generators, internal batteries, printed check-in registers and an auxiliary ballot box to keep everything going with minimal interruption. If a ballot scanner stops working, you can wait for a replacement scanner to cast your ballot, or put your ballot in the auxiliary ballot box and it will be scanned after the polls close.

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What happens to my ballot after I've voted?

Paper ballots are secured and available for recounts or audits. We store ballots with federal races or issues for 22 months and all other ballots for 12 months.

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How do I know that my ballot will be counted?

If you vote by mail, you can track your ballot on our website to see when your voted ballot has been received. When you vote in person, the screen on the DS200 precinct scanner indicates that your ballot has been accepted.

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What checks and balances ensure an accurate vote count?

To make sure every ballot is counted, we have systematic, redundant procedures in place to track how many ballots are issued, returned and counted. To make sure every ballot is counted accurately, our ballot scanners are tested repeatedly and publicly before every election. Afterwards, we run a post-election audit using a separate system to re-tabulate the ballots and confirm the accuracy of our results. Finally, to ensure accountability, election results and voter history become public record that anyone can check.

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Transparent Secure Democracy
Wendy Sartory Link
Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections
MAIN OFFICE: 240 South Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33415
P.O. Box 22309, West Palm Beach, FL 33416
P: (561) 656-6200 | F: (561) 656-6287
Hours for All Offices: M - F: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
NORTH COUNTY BRANCH OFFICE
Northeast County Courthouse
3188 P.G.A. Blvd.
Rm. #2401
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

P: (561) 624-6555
F: (561) 624-6572
SOUTH COUNTY BRANCH OFFICE
Southeast PBC Administrative Complex
345 South Congress Avenue
Rm. #103
Delray Beach, FL 33445

P: (561) 276-1226
F: (561) 276-1321
WEST COUNTY BRANCH OFFICE
West County Office Building
2976 State Road #15
Second Floor
Belle Glade, FL 33430

P: (561) 992-1114
F: (561) 992-1219
SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS SERVICE CENTER
7835 Central Industrial Drive
Riviera Beach, FL 33404

P: (561) 840-4588
F: (561) 840-4591
Vote by Mail Requests
votebymail@pbcelections.org
General Information
info@pbcelections.org
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