The 2004 Florida Legislature passed legislation which standardizes early voting throughout the state. Early voting is defined as "casting a ballot prior to Election Day at a location designated by the Supervisor of Elections and depositing the voted ballot in the tabulation system."
Under the new House Bill 7013 directive, which went into effect January 2014, all Supervisors will conduct early voting at designated locations between 8 and 14 days prior to each election. The mandatory early voting period is 8 days, beginning on the 10th day and ending on the 3rd day before Election Day. Supervisors have additional discretion to use the 15th through the 11th day, along with the 2nd day, prior to Election Day as additional early voting days. Early voting will be conducted no less than 8 hours and no more than 12 hours per day. The hours will be determined at the discretion of the Supervisor of Elections. Voting sites and hours of operation will be provided 30 days prior to an election.
Supervisors may now designate any permanent SOE office, city hall, public library, fairground, civic center, courthouse, county commission building, stadium, convention center, government owned senior center, or government owned community center as an early voting site in their county; however, if so designated, these sites must be geographically located so that all voters in the county have an equal opportunity to cast a vote.
Voters who want to vote early should remember to bring a photo and signature identification with them.