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Florida

Population

21,477,737

Voting-Age Pop.

14,724,113

Last Presidential Election (2016)
Clinton 48 %
Trump 49 %
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Important Dates

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Election Date

Nov 3, 2020

Registration Deadline

Oct 5, 2020

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USPS recommends mailing your ballot no later than October 27.

Source: USPS.com


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  • Online Registration

    Yes
  • Early Voting
    Yes
  • Same-Day Registration
    No
  • ID Required
    Yes


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Absentee/Mail-In Voting

A voter must first be registered to vote before he or she can request a vote-by-mail ballot.

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Mail Outline Icon Is this state automatically sending an absentee or mail-in ballot? Chevron Icon

  • No, residents of Florida must register for a vote-by-mail ballot for the general election.

Mail Outline Icon Is this state automatically sending an absentee or mail-in ballot?

No, residents of Florida must register for a vote-by-mail ballot for the general election.

To get a ballot mailed to you: register by Oct 24, 5pm Chevron Icon

  • The deadline to request that a vote-by-mail ballot be mailed is no later than 5pm 10 days before the election.

To get a ballot mailed to you: register by Oct 24, 5pm

The deadline to request that a vote-by-mail ballot be mailed is no later than 5pm 10 days before the election.

To pick up a ballot in person: register by Nov 2 Chevron Icon

  • A voter can pick up their own vote-by-mail ballot at any time once the ballot becomes available, including Election Day.


    If a voter or designee waits until Election Day to pick up or have delivered a vote-by-mail ballot, the Election Day Vote-by-Mail Ballot Delivery Affidavit (DS-DE 136 - English PDF/ Español PDF) must also be completed.

To pick up a ballot in person: register by Nov 2

A voter can pick up their own vote-by-mail ballot at any time once the ballot becomes available, including Election Day.


If a voter or designee waits until Election Day to pick up or have delivered a vote-by-mail ballot, the Election Day Vote-by-Mail Ballot Delivery Affidavit (DS-DE 136 - English PDF/ Español PDF) must also be completed.

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  • Sept 24 - Oct 1: For domestic voters, the Supervisors of Elections sends the ballots during a 7-day window between 40 and 33 days before an election.


    The send periods for 2020 are Sept 24 – Oct 1.

When will I receive my ballot?

Sept 24 - Oct 1: For domestic voters, the Supervisors of Elections sends the ballots during a 7-day window between 40 and 33 days before an election.


The send periods for 2020 are Sept 24 – Oct 1.

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  • A returned voted ballot must be received by the Supervisor of Elections’ office no later than 7pm (local time) on Election Day.

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A returned voted ballot must be received by the Supervisor of Elections’ office no later than 7pm (local time) on Election Day.

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  • You do not need to provide a reason/excuse to vote absentee.

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You do not need to provide a reason/excuse to vote absentee.


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Early Voting

Can you vote early in this state?

Yes

The early voting period must start at least on the 10th day before the election and end on the 3rd day before the election (Oct 24 to Oct 31.)


Same-Day Registration

Can you register on Election Day?

No

The deadline to register for an upcoming election is 29 days before that election.


Voter ID Requirements

Is an ID required to vote?

Yes

Whether during early voting or on Election Day, you will be asked to provide at the polls a valid photo ID with signature. If you do not bring proper ID, you can still vote a provisional ballot. As long as you are eligible and voted in the proper precinct, your provisional ballot will count provided the signature on your provisional ballot matches the signature in your registration record.



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Acceptable Forms of Identification

Make sure you're ready on Election Day with the appropriate forms of identification. Acceptable forms of ID are listed here.

Data source - dos.myflorida.com

Acceptable Forms of ID

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  • US Passport

  • Military Identification

  • Veteran Health Identification Card

    Issued by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs

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  • Florida Driver’s License

  • Florida Identification Card

    Issued by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

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  • Retirement Center Identification

  • Neighborhood Association Identification

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  • Debit or Credit Card

  • Student Identification

  • Public Assistance Identification

  • 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


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Covid-19 Voting

Voting resources regarding Covid-19 are developing.

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