To participate in the selection of officials or to express opinions on a specific ballot issue, a citizen must be a registered voter. Only individuals who meet the eligibility requirements and are registered before the election's registration deadline may vote.
In order to register to vote, a person must:
Individuals who meet eligibility requirements may register at any time. To participate in an election, however, voters must be registered by the registration deadline. The registration books will be closed on the 29th day before each election and will remain closed until after that election.
Individuals may register with the Supervisor of Elections in the county of legal residence. The Supervisor of Elections office for Collier County is located at the Collier Government Center at 3295 Tamiami Trail East in Naples, Florida. Voter applications are also available at Naples City Hall, Everglades City Hall, Marco Island City Hall, and the Immokalee Tax Office. The Supervisor of Elections office conducts special registration drives annually throughout the community.
Voters may register at any Florida Driver License Office when making an initial application or renewing a license. Voter registration applications are also available at the county's public libraries. Eligible persons may register when applying at public service offices for Aid to Families with Dependent Children, Health & Rehabilitative Services, the Women, Infants, Children nutrition program, any state agency providing service to disabled residents, and armed forces recruiting offices.
To register by mail, call the Elections Office at (239) 252-8450 to request an application be sent or download one from this site.
The voter application is uniform throughout Florida. Each application provides the addresses for each Supervisor of Elections office. Eligible individuals may obtain an application from any participating agency and mail it to the appropriate county of residence.The following data provided by electors is exempt from Florida's public records law and may be used only by the Elections office unless otherwise ordered by a court: the application's point of origin (by mail, driver license, etc.); social security number; Florida Driver License number; Florida Identification number; and applicant's signature.
The signed application can also be used to update an existing voter's record. Updates are a change of name, residence, mailing address, signature, or party affiliation.
Florida is a closed primary state. A voter's political party preference - or lack of a political party preference - must be provided at the time of registration. An elector may change party affiliation at any time subject to the following:
There are different legal definitions for residency in different parts of the law. For voter registration purposes, legal residency must meet a two-part test. Voters must intend the county to be their legal residence plus they must have physical presence.
The courts have held that legal residence is a place of abode and is evidenced by where a person sleeps and eats, where their spouse and children live, and where a person is a licensed driver, as opposed to a place of employment or conducting commerce. Voters may have more than one house or apartment but may have only one legal residence for voter registration purposes. Individuals who own more than one dwelling should be registered in the county where they claim homestead exception.
Voter information cards are mailed to each person submitting a complete application form. Each voter information card contains pertinent information relative to the voter's residence: the precinct, poll site, and county commission, school board, house, senate, congressional, fire, and municipal districts. Once received, the voter should check the voter information card for accuracy, including name, residence, and mailing address (if different from residence).
Note: These voter identification cards are not approved ID for voting and are not necessary at the polls.
Identification Required to Vote
New voter information cards are generally mailed within 14 days to voters reporting a change of name, residence address, or mailing address, provided the residence address is a valid county address. Voters reporting a party change are mailed voter information cards within 14 days, except that no such cards are sent from the point of registration deadline until the books open again for party changes.
New voter information cards are automatically sent to affected active voters when election districts, precinct boundaries, or poll sites change. Except after registration deadlines, new voters are mailed voter information cards within 14 days. For those who find themselves in possession of multiple copies of the voter information card, the Elections office includes a date printed on the card to verify the most current status.
Applications with out-of-county Florida residence addresses are forwarded to the appropriate county.
In the case of incomplete applications, the individual is sent a notice with another application. The notice indicates the omitted information and provides for submitting a properly completed application. The registration date is the date on which all required data has been received. Information must be under oath, in writing, and signed by the applicant before the Elections office can process it.Top
Voters who have moved within the county since the last election should report their new residence address to the Elections office before going to vote. Address updates should be reported before voting to avoid problems at the polls and to enable the Elections office to issue an updated voter information card that reflects the changes. Voters failing to advise the Elections office of an address change may find the poll site and election districts have changed and may be referred to a different poll site on Election Day before being permitted to vote.
Civilian voters who have moved to Collier County from another Florida county should report their address change to the Elections office before Election Day or they will be statutorily required to vote a provisional ballot. Military voters and their dependents are exempt from this requirement.
Voters who moved out of the county before the election date are required to vote in the county of new residence.
Elections office notices are sent by first class mail. An "Address Confirmation Final Notice" is sent by forwardable mail when any Elections Office notice, sample ballot, voter information card or first class letter is returned as undeliverable by the Post Office. The voter has 30 days from the notice date to respond in writing. Failure to respond means a transfer to inactive status. Inactive status cancels all future mailings of election notices, sample ballots, and absentee ballots which were requested previously. Permanent removal occurs when inactive voters do not provide written response to the Election Office notice and do not vote over the next two federal general elections.