The 3 Ways to Vote in Florida

(1) Voting in-person on Election Day

(2) Early Voting (in-person)

  • All counties have Early Voting during the mandatory early voting period, and some counties have additional days of Early Voting during the optional period. Early Voting dates, times and locations vary by county and by election. Voters can find the early voting information for their county on the Supervisor of Elections website: https://dos.elections.myflorida.com/supervisors/
  • Voters can go to ANY Early Voting location in the county where they live.
  • ID requirements for Early Voting are the same as voting in-person on Election Day.

(3) Voting by Mail

  • Voters who want to vote-by-mail must request a Vote-by-Mail (VBM) ballot.
  • A vote-by-mail ballot can be requested from the county Supervisor of Elections office by:
    • Submitting an online application on the Supervisors of Elections’ website
    • Calling the Supervisor of Elections office and requesting over the phone
    • Submitting a written request to the Supervisor of Elections by email, fax or mail
    • Requesting in-person at one of the county’s Supervisor of Elections offices
  • To request a vote-by-mail ballot, voters need to provide (1) name, (2) permanent home address, (3) date of birth, and (4) Florida driver license/identification card number and/or the last four digits of their social security number. If submitting a vote-by-mail ballot request in writing, also include signature (photo or scan is ok).
  • Voters can request a VBM ballot be sent to a different mailing address than their physical home address. VBM ballots are not forwarded, so it is important to have it sent to an address where the voter can currently receive mail.
  • Starting in January 2023, all voters who want to vote by mail will have to submit new mail ballot requests if they wish to continue voting by mail. New requests will be required after each midterm and presidential election.
  • Voters must sign the oath on the back of the mail ballot envelope. Common Cause recommends that voters include their phone number and/or email on the envelope so that the Supervisor of Elections can contact them if there is a problem.
  • Voters must return their mail ballot by 7:00pm on Election Day.
    • Mail it: Recommended to mail it 10 days before Election Day so that it gets there in time. A postmark date is not enough.
    • Drop it off:
      • At any Supervisor of Elections in the county office during opening hours (including on Election Day from 7:00am-7:00pm)
      • At a secure ballot intake station, located at any Early Voting location during early voting hours (some counties also have additional locations)
      • Have someone else drop it off: Voters can drop off for immediate family members and 2 additional people per election. Immediate Family includes spouse, parent, child, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse’s parent, spouse’s child, spouse’s grandparent, spouse’s grandchild, or spouse’s sibling.
      • Voters cannot drop off VBM ballots at their regular polling location on Election Day, but they can exchange it and vote in person instead.
  • Voters can track their VBM ballot to ensure it was received, either through the online tracking tool on the Supervisor of Elections website or by calling the Supervisor of Elections office.
  • If there is a problem with the voter’s signature on their vote-by-mail ballot, the voter has until 5 p.m. on the second day after Election Day to submit the paperwork to correct their signature.
  • If a voter requested a VBM ballot, they can decide to vote in person instead. They can exchange their VBM ballot for an in-person ballot at Early Voting or at their precinct on Election Day.
  • If a voter requested a VBM ballot but did not receive it, they can contact their county Supervisor of Elections office for a replacement, or vote in person at Early Voting or at their precinct polling place on Election Day.

Additional Voting Rights

Language Access

  • Voters who don’t speak English or who have limited literacy have a right to receive assistance from anyone the voter chooses, as long as it is not their employer or union representative. This goes for in person voting and voting by mail.
  • All counties in Florida are required to provide Spanish-language ballots.
  • Many counties are required by law to also provide voting materials and information in Spanish (and Miami-Dade is required to provide in both Spanish and Haitian Creole).

Disability Access

  • Voters with disabilities have a right have a right to receive assistance from anyone the voter chooses, as long as it is not their employer or union representative. This goes for in-person voting and voting by mail.
  • Voters with disabilities have a right to vote privately and independently on an accessible marking device at the polls. Every polling location required to have an accessible voting system on election day and during early voting.
  • Voters with disabilities have a right to accessible voting by mail, which enables people who are blind or print impaired to mark secret, independent, and verifiable vote-by-mail ballots using a computer. Contact the Supervisor of Elections office to request remote accessible vote-by-mail.
  • Disability Rights Florida hotline: 877-352-7337

Returning Citizens

  • Returning Citizens can register and vote in Florida if they meet the following criteria:
    • Convicted of an offense other than murder or sex crimes
    • Have completed their full sentence (including jail or prison time, parole, probation, and other forms of supervision)
    • No outstanding financial obligations (fees, fines, costs or restitution) that were part of their sentence
  • Florida Rights Restoration Coalition hotline: 877-MYVOTE-0

Military and Overseas Citizen Voters