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.
How To Vote
1. Register to Vote.
2. Confirm Receipt of Voter Information Card.
Once your Voter Registration Application has been processed, you will be mailed a Voter Information Card which will have your precinct number and polling location listed as well as the districts in which you are eligible to vote.
You should find out where your polling location is prior to Election Day. If it is necessary to change your polling location, you will be sent a new Voter Registration Information Card; please make sure you destroy your old Voter Information Card when you receive your new one.
4. Bring photo ID to the Polling Place.
Florida Law requires that you bring a photo ID with your signature with you when you go to the polls to vote on Election Day. Acceptable forms of ID are: Florida Driver's License, Florida Identification Card, United States Passports, Debit/Credit Cards, Military ID Cards, Student ID Cards, Retirement Center ID Cards, Neighborhood Association ID Cards, Public Assistance Identification, Veteran health identification card issued by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, A license to carry a concealed weapon or firearm issued pursuant to s. 790.06, Employee identification card issued by any branch, department, agency, or entity of the Federal Government, the state, a county, or a municipality.
5. Bring proof of signature.
If the picture identification does not contain the signature of the voter, an additional identification that provides the voter's signature shall be required.
However, all registered voters will be permitted to vote even if they forget to bring identification, but they will be required to vote by provisional ballot. The canvassing board shall determine the validity of the ballot pursuant to Florida Statute 101.048(2).
6.Arrive at YOUR polling place.
YOU MUST VOTE IN THE PRECINCT WHERE YOU LIVE! Pursuant to Florida Law, it is a third
degree felony to vote in a precinct where you do not legally reside.
In Florida, the polls are open from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m
When you check in at your polling place, you will be asked for identification and to sign a Precinct Register. The Poll Worker will then direct you to a voting booth. If you are not sure how to use the voting equipment, ask the Poll Workers for assistance. Do not hesitate to ask the poll workers for help if you have any questions or problems.
7. Get ready to Vote!
Before going to your polling place on Election Day, you should familiarize yourself with the candidates and issues that will be on your Ballot. It is okay for you to bring in a marked Sample Ballot or information to help you make your decisions; but, be sure that you do not display the information for others to see. REMEMBER -- VOTING IS PRIVATE!