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Florida Voting Rules

Vote By Mail

It is easy to vote by mail in Florida. Any registered voter can request to vote by mail for any reason.

Vote By Mail Ballot Request Process: Vote By Mail ballots can be requested from the local Supervisor of Elections by mail, phone, or in person. Requests must include the following information: The name of the voter for whom the ballot is requested; the voter’s address and the voter’s date of birth. An immediate family member can make the request on behalf of a vote as long as the form also included - the requester’s name; the requester’s address; the requester’s driver’s license number, if available; the requester’s relationship to the voter; and, the requester’s signature (written request only). In order to make the mail-in request more convenient, we have included in your Voter Registration Kit a document with blanks for all necessary information.

A Vote By Mail request form can be downloaded here.

The Supervisor must receive your request – in writing, by phone, or through an immediate family member – no later than Wednesday, October 29. Your voted ballot must get back to the Supervisor’s office (or another designated location) by 7 p.m. Election Day, Tuesday, November 4.

A list of local Supervisors of Elections can be found here.

Early Vote

Any registered voter is eligible to early vote.
Info: Early voting will be available in elections offices starting on Monday, October 20 and will be available until Saturday, November 1, or Sunday, November 2, 2008, depending on your county. Voting will be conducted for eight hours on each weekday and for eight hours during the weekend. Contact your local elections office for specific times and locations.

On Election Day
On Tuesday, November 4, polls are open from 7 am to 7 pm. You have a right to vote if you are standing in line at 7 pm.

Bring your driver’s license or other current identification card showing your picture and your signature. (If your picture ID does not have your signature, show another ID that has your signature). You need this to vote on a regular ballot.

If you do not have a valid picture ID, or if you are not allowed to vote for another reason, you have a right to vote on a “provisional ballot.” Your provisional ballot will be counted if your signature matches your voter registration signature and if you are otherwise eligible to vote. You will fill out and sign a special form provided by the poll officials.

For More Information
Department of State
Division of Elections
Bureau of Election Records
Room 316, R.A. Gray Building
500 South Bronough Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0250
Phone: 850-245-6240
Toll-Free Voter Assistance Hotline: 866-308-6739
Fax: 850-245-6259
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Info about veterans, voting in other states, etc.

Please see this website for more information on U.S. Military Voter Services and voting overseas.

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