When is the next election?
2018 Election Dates
Primary Election - August 28, 2018
General Election - November 6, 2018
When is early voting for the 2018 elections?
To be determined
How do I become a poll worker?
If you are interested in becoming a poll worker, you can do one of the following:
Do I have to be a Democrat or a Republican to vote in a Primary Election?
Maybe. Florida is a closed primary state, which means as a general rule, you will not be able to vote for a Democratic or Republican candidate unless you are registered under one of those parties. The exception is if all candidates for an office have the same party affiliation and the winner will have no opposition in the General Election, all qualified electors, regardless of party affiliation, may vote in the Primary Election for that office. You will also be able to vote for nonpartisan candidates and any issues on the primary ballot, regardless of party affiliation.
What kind of identification do I need to bring to the polls to vote? When you go to the polling place to vote, you will be asked to provide current and valid picture and signature identification. Approved forms of picture identification are:
Florida driver's license
Florida Identification card issued by Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
United States passport
Debit or credit card
Retirement center identification
Neighborhood association identification
Public assistance identification
Florida Concealed Weapons Permit
Veterans Health Identification Card
Government Employee Identification Card
If the picture identification does not contain a signature, you will be asked to provide an additional form of identification with your signature. All forms of identification presented must be from the approved list of acceptable identification. If you cannot provide photo and signature identification you will have to vote a provisional ballot. FS 101.043(2)
What do I need if I am a first time voter who registered by mail?
If you are a first-time voter who registered by mail, there are some different identification requirements. If you go to the polls, you will be required to show the picture identification as outlined in the above question. If you do not have the proper identification, you will have to vote a provisional ballot.
If you are a first-time voter who registered by mail and requested an absentee ballot, you will be required to send a copy of your picture identification with your absentee ballot, unless you have already provided the identification to the Supervisor of Elections. If you do not have a picture identification, you may send one of the following with your absentee ballot if they contain your name and current residence address:
- Utility bill
- Bank statement
- Government check
- Other government document (excluding voter information card)
To avoid problems in voting, if you register by mail and have not voted before in the county, you should send a copy of your identification to the Supervisor of Elections with your registration form.
Must a poll watcher be a registered voter?
Yes. Each poll watcher must be a qualified and registered elector of the county in which he or she serves. FS 101.131(1)
May a candidate serve as a poll watcher?
No candidate, sheriff, deputy sheriff, police officer or other law enforcement officer may be designated as a poll watcher. FS 101.131(3)
What is the difference between a poll watcher and a poll worker?
Poll workers are paid employees of the Supervisor of Elections who carry out all the tasks necessary for the operation of the election at the polling place including (but not limited to): transporting ballots between the Elections office and the polling locations, setting up voting equipment, checking voter registrations and identification.
Poll watchers are volunteers representing candidates or political parties who are tasked with observing the voting process at each polling location. Poll watchers can alert poll workers to suspected voting infractions but are prohibited from interfering with or helping the poll workers or voters.
Are all judges retained in office by voting "for retention" or "against retention"?
No. Only Justices of the Supreme Court and Judges of the District Courts of Appeal are retained in office. FL 105.041(2), 105.051(2) and Article V, Section 10 of the Florida Constitution.
How do I Vote by Mail?
Any registered and qualified voter may vote a Vote by Mail ballot. You should request a vote by mail ballot from the Supervisor of Elections in your county. For more information about Vote by Mail voting, click on the VOTING OPTIONS link under VOTING INFORMATION on the vertical menu on the left side of this webpage.
I have requested a Vote by Mail ballot and now I have changed my mind and want to vote at the polls, may I?
Yes. If you received your Vote by Mail ballot, you should return it, whether voted or not, to the poll workers at your polling place on Election Day. Your Vote by Mail ballot will be voided and you will be allowed to vote at the polls.
If you don't bring your Vote by Mail ballot with you (so that it can be voided) then you will only be allowed to vote a regular ballot if it is determined that your Vote by Mail ballot was not voted. If it is determined that the Vote by Mail ballot was voted, then you will not be permitted to vote a regular ballot at the polls. If the status of your Vote by Mail ballot cannot be determined then you will be allowed to vote a provisional ballot. If the Vote by Mail ballot is received later at the elections office it will be marked REJECTED AS ILLEGAL.
How long is a standard term of office for?
2 Year terms:
- US House of Representatives
- State House of Representatives
4 Year terms:
- US President, Vice President
- Governor, Lt. Governor
- Attorney General
- Secretary of State (appointed)
- State Attorney
- Commissioner of Agriculture
- Public Defender
- Chief Financial Officer
- State Senate
- County Commissioner
- School Board Member
- Clerk of the Circuit Court
- Property Appraiser
- Supervisor of Elections
- Tax Collector
- City Council Member
- Fire Commissioner
6 Year terms:
More Frequently Asked Questions
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