Registered Voters as of 08/16/2019

Register to Vote FAQ

Register to Vote Questions


Answers


Who can register to vote?

You must be 18 years, or older (you may pre-register if you are 16 or have received a valid Florida driver’s license, whichever occurs earlier); You must be an American citizen; You must be a permanent resident of the state of Florida. There is no specific time requirement to live in Palm Beach County to be considered a permanent resident.

 

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Who cannot register to vote?

Anyone who does not meet the requirements for registration; Anyone declared mentally incompetent; Anyone convicted of a felony that has not had his/her civil rights restored; Any non-US citizen residing in the United States.


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How do I register to vote?

Online at RegisterToVoteFlorida.gov.

You may also register to vote anytime when you are applying for or renewing:

  • A Florida Driver License
  • A Palm Beach County Public Library Card
  • Benefits at State public assistance agencies
  • Services at agencies that provide services to disabled persons.
  • Armed Forces Recruiting Offices

You may also visit any Supervisor of Elections' Offices and apply in person.


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What is RegisterToVoteFlorida.gov?

RegisterToVoteFlorida.gov is Florida’s secure, convenient and easy-to-use online voter registration website.


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What do I need to be able to submit an online voter registration application through RegisterToVoteFlorida.gov?

You will need a Florida driver license or a state identification card and the last four digits of your social security number. If you do not have a Florida driver license or state identification card or social security number, you can still use the website to complete your application but you will have to print, sign and deliver it by mail or in-person to the Supervisor of Elections office.


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What is the deadline to apply to register to vote?

The deadline to register is 29 days before the upcoming election. For a primary election, the deadline to change parties is 29 days before election day. For a general election, a party change can be made at any time.

A late registration deadline is available if you (or accompanying family member) have been discharged or separated from the Merchant Marines or armed forces, or from employment outside the territorial United States. The late registration deadline is 5 p.m. on the Friday before election day in the county in which you are to be registered. Contact the Supervisor of Elections for more information and to obtain the form you have to complete.


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What information must be provided on the application for the registration application to be valid?

Full Name, Date of Birth, Address of Legal Residence (address where you live), a valid FL Driver's License # OR FL Identification # OR last four digits Social Security number and signature. Also, the blocks on the top row of the application must be checked indicating that you are a U.S. citizen; not a convicted felon, or if you are, your voting rights have been restored, and you have not been judged to be mentally incapacitated, or if you have, your competency has been restored.


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How do I register if I do not have a permanent address?

Fill in your temporary address and notify the Supervisor of Elections office when your address becomes permanent. If you no longer maintain or do not plan to have a permanent address in Palm Beach County , but intend to remain a resident of this county, you may request assignment to the precinct of the main office of the Supervisor of Elections. This address is 240 South Military Trail West Palm Beach, FL 33415.


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What happens if I do not make an entry in the party affiliation section of the application?

If you leave this section blank you will be registered without party affiliation. The Supervisor must notify you by mail that you have been registered without party affiliation with instructions on how to designate a party affiliation if desired. Florida is a "closed primary state." If you wish to be eligible to vote in the Democratic or Republican primary elections in Florida, you must be registered with either of those political parties.


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What if I cannot sign my name on the application?

Place your mark or an "X" in the signature box.


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Do I have to re-register to vote before each election?

No.


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Do I have to register somewhere else for municipal elections?

No, there is one central voter roll in each county that is used for all municipal, county, state and national elections. You must live within the political boundaries of the municipality to vote in municipal elections.


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How does a felon get voting rights restored?

Visit the website for the Florida Commission on Offender Review to obtain rules, procedures and forms. The website also includes information on how to apply for restoration of rights, search for rights grants and contact staff at the commission.


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After completing a voter registration application, when will I receive my voter I.D.?

Normally, within 5-10 business days after the application is received by the Supervisor of Elections office.


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What do I do if I have a change of Address, change of Name or change of Party Affiliation?

If your address change is within the state, you shall notify the Supervisor of Elections via telephone or electronic means and provide your date of birth; or submit the change on a voter registration application or other signed written notice. You can make an Addres Change or if you are moving from another state you can register to vote online by clicking here.

If you are seeking to change party affiliation, you shall notify the Supervisor of Elections or other voter registration official by using a signed written notice that contains your date of birth or voter registration number. When a voter changes his or her name in marriage or other legal process, you shall notify the Supervisor of Elections or other voter registration official by using a signed written notice that contains your date of birth or voter registration number. Signature updates must be done on a Florida Voter Registration application.


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