The PRIMARY ELECTION is held on the Tuesday, ten (10) weeks before the General Election, to select party nominees. You may vote only for candidates of your party. If you are registered with a minor party or without party affiliation, you cannot vote in the Party Primaries
However, Article VI, Section 5(b), Florida Constitution, provides that if all candidates have the same party affiliation and the winner will have no opposition in the General Election, all qualified voters, regardless of party affiliation, may vote in the Primary Election for that office. This is known as a Universal Primary Contest. Florida Statute 100.061
NON-PARTISAN JUDICIAL and SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS are held on the same day as the First Primary Election. Candidates for these offices do not run as representatives of any political party. If there are three (3) or more candidates and none of the three receive a majority vote (50% + 1), the two (2) top vote getters go to the General Election for a run-off.
The GENERAL ELECTION is held the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, in even numbered years, to fill national, state and county offices, and for voting on constitutional amendments and local referendums. You may vote for the candidates of any party, regardless of your political party registration. Florida Statute 100.031
The PRESIDENTIAL PREFERENCE PRIMARY shall be held on the third Tuesday in March of each presidential election year. This is a partisan election where you can only vote for the candidate in the political party in which you are registered. You vote for the presidential candidate of your choice (direct election), or for delegates to the national political conventions (an indirect election). The method may vary based on the rules of each political party.
MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS are held in separate municipalities within the County. There is no separate voter registration in municipalities. If you reside within a Municipality, you should check with your Municipal Clerk for the date of your Municipal Election.